Trump to nominate senior Treasury official Malpass to lead World Bank: report

Trump to nominate senior Treasury official Malpass to lead World Bank: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE is set to nominate senior Treasury official David Malpass to lead the World Bank, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Two administration officials told the outlet that the official announcement would be made sometime later this week after Trump's State of the Union address.

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Malpass, a Treasury undersecretary, has reportedly been the front-runner to fill the position.

Among those reportedly also interviewed were Heidi Cruz, the wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and prominent investor Mohamed El-Erian.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the report.

Malpass has supported the president’s agenda of tax cuts and deregulation to bolster economic growth since being appointed by Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Artist designs stamp to put Harriet Tubman's face over Jackson's on bills On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers MORE in 2017.

He has been particularly vocal about reducing the national debt.

Bloomberg reports that Malpass has frequently criticized the World Bank, calling it too big, too inefficient and too reluctant to wean developing countries that have become engines of growth.

The lender’s executive board, which represents the 189 member nations, gets the final decision on the new leader.

Jim Yong Kim, an Obama appointee, resigned as World Bank head in January to become vice chairman of investment firm Global Infrastructure Partners, three years before his term was set to expire.