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Mulvaney swats away reports that he might replace Kelly as chief of staff

Republicans close to the White House have said Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is seen as a possible successor to chief of staff John Kelly. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday that President Donald Trump has not raised with him the prospect of becoming the next White House chief of staff, dodging a question as to whether he might fill that role should current chief of staff John Kelly leave the position.

Kelly, who became the president’s chief of staff last July, has told people in recent days that he will be leaving the position “very soon,” prompting discussions as to who might replace the retired Marine Corps general who was hired to bring order to what had been a chaotic West Wing. Republicans close to the White House have said Mulvaney, along with Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, are seen as possible successors to Kelly.

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“I’ve heard those same rumors about three times now in the last 12 months,” Mulvaney told Fox Business Network on Friday morning. “I’ll start dealing with that issue when the president actually raises it with me, as opposed to the media, and that hasn’t happened yet.”

In addition to serving as the director of OMB, Mulvaney has filled a second role for several months now as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Despite reporting to the contrary, the White House has insisted that Kelly is not making plans for a West Wing exit. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters this week that the president said a Wall Street Journal report to that effect was “fake news” and that Kelly had told her the Journal’s story “was news to him.”

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Friday also pushed back against reports of Kelly’s leaving.

“As far as I know general Kelly wants to stay and he is staying,” she said on Fox News Friday morning. “He hasn’t said anything differently to me.”

Stephanie Murray contributed to this story.

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