Trump wants SC Rep. Mick Mulvaney as budget director

Trump says that with Mulvaney as his budget director, his administration will make "smart choices"

In this May 11, 2011 file photo, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are eager to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker. But they remain outnumbered and it’s unclear if they can rally behind an alternative. That leaves the California Republican the heavy favorite when GOP lawmakers choose their candidate to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner on Thursday. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
In this May 11, 2011 file photo, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are eager to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker. But they remain outnumbered and it’s unclear if they can rally behind an alternative. That leaves the California Republican the heavy favorite when GOP lawmakers choose their candidate to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner on Thursday. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has settled on a White House budget director. It’s Mick Mulvaney, a conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina who’s viewed as a budget hawk.

Trump calls Mulvaney a “very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink.”

Trump says that with Mulvaney as his budget director, his administration will make “smart choices” and “renew the American taxpayer’s trust in how their money is spent.”

Mulvaney is pledging to help restore what he’s calling “budgetary and fiscal sanity … after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda” under President Barack Obama.

The budget director’s job requires Senate approval.

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