Last week was a rough week for Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as he publicly and proudly declared that military aid for Ukraine was withheld for political reasons. Mick also announced that Trump's Doral resort would host the next meeting of the G-7 only to cancel those plans and walk it back.
Now, this doesn't surprise me, but sources who spoke to Reuters say Trump is shopping for replacements for the former co-founder of the Batshit Caucus.
The president has been focused in part on Mulvaney’s comments to reporters last week that Trump had withheld military aid from Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to investigate a debunked claim about the 2016 U.S. election.
A television interview on Sunday in which Mulvaney tied Trump’s now-reversed decision to host G7 leaders at his resort near Miami to a feeling by the president that he was still in the hospitality business was also seen as falling flat.
“The president expressed some concern after Mick’s difficult week,” said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
It's not as if there are any good members of the Trump regime, but Mick Mulvaney is exemplary in the sense that he compromised everything he ever claimed to believe in to serve his dark master.
Before he became Trump's chief of staff, Mulvaney was the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he had a direct hand in drafting budgets that would explode our deficit and debt to levels that Mulvaney himself would (and did) have a conniption over when President Obama was in office.
As a member of Congress and co-founder of the so-called Freedom Caucus, Mulvaney called for balanced budgets and fiscal discipline and then, as a member of Trump's regime, he had a direct hand in virtually every frivolous spending proposal of the Trump era from Trump's fantasy border wall to hosting the G-7 at Doral.
Before he was named the director of OMB and before he became Trump's chief of staff, Mulvaney also took control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and he used the agency to serve and protect predatory lenders and businesses (who were also his campaign donors), not consumers. Mulvaney is an image of corruption.
In short, Mulvaney is low-key one of the chief villains of the Trump era who has stayed below the radar more than he should.
Trump recently said that Mulvaney still has his full confidence, but as you know that is often the kiss of death. Everyone who works with Trump is eventually humiliated.