Senior advisers to President Trump are urging him not to fire Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney while the impeachment probe continues, The Washington Post reports.
The president is reportedly angry with Mulvaney’s repeated mistakes and has been threatening to fire him ever since a news conference last month in which Mulvaney out admitted military aid to Ukraine was held back to pressure its government to launch investigations that could help Trump.
Mulvaney later went back on those statements, but that allegedly wasn’t enough for the president. Advisers have told Trump that removing Mulvaney now could be dangerous because he was allegedly part of the decision to suspend Ukraine’s aid.
They also don’t want the disruption that would be caused by having to replace such a senior member of staff at this time. “I don’t think you’ll see him going anywhere until after December,” one anonymous Trump adviser told the newspaper.
“But the president was very unhappy with that press conference. That was a very bad day for the president.”