CNN‘s Jim Acosta proved to once again be a thorn in the side of the Trump White House today with his reaction to the administration’s announcement of the appointment of Mick Mulvaney — the director of the Office of Management and Budget who was also acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until earlier this week — as acting Chief of Staff.
Trump announced Mulvaney’s selection yesterday afternoon on Twitter in his typical fashion.
….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018
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President Trump had struggled to find a replacement for the departing John Kelly, an increasingly embarrassing situation as one candidate after another turned down the job that only the most masochistic of even semi-qualified contenders would submit themselves to at this point in the beleaguered presidency.
Jim Acosta explained Trump’s surprise decision to name an “acting” Chief of Staff as a calculated “distraction” that was a transparent attempt to refocus the news coverage on a day yet again filled reports of the fallout from the multiple investigations against the Republican president and his corrupt administration and businesses.
“The timing is very noteworthy,” Acosta knowingly acknowledged. “The president appears to be dangling a bright, shiny object on this late Friday evening, selecting his budget director Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff.”
“We should point out he has only been selected as an ‘acting chief of staff,’” Acosta reiterated. “The president apparently trying to change the newscycle here, but even today with a momentous decision as naming a new chief of staff or an acting chief of staff, it is going to be tough to change the narrative of this news cycle with his former attorney, Michael Cohen speaking out, and not just to the special counsel’s office.”
Acosta’s contentious relationship with an Oval Office that unsuccessfully attempted to ban him from the White House press corps notwithstanding, the truth of his analysis was demonstrated by the massive quantity of continuing coverage of Trump’s mounting legal problems on the front pages of newspapers across the country and on cable news outlets not owned by Rupert Murdoch.
That Trump had to give the job to a multi-tasking loyalist like Mulvaney only underlines the paucity of acceptable candidates willing to take a job at the helm of an administration so under siege that few were willing to risk their reputations or future livelihoods by joining it at this juncture.
You can watch Jim Acosta savage the rationale behind Trump’s latest personnel moves in the video clip below.
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Original reporting by Tom Boggioni at RawStory.