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Can Anyone Succeed As Trump’s Chief of Staff?
It’s a near-impossible job. But here are a few basic rules Mick Mulvaney can follow to avoid disaster.
- Chris Whipple
It’s no wonder Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s new White House chief of staff, wanted “acting” in his job title.
James A. Baker III, Ronald Reagan’s quintessential gatekeeper, tells every incoming chief the same thing when asked for his advice: “Congratulations, you’ve got the worst f—ing job in government.”
The position is so relentless and punishing that Dick Cheney blames his stint as Gerald Ford’s 34-year-old lieutenant for triggering his first heart attack.
For chiefs, those were the…