He praised acting interior secretary David Bernhardt and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, saying they are “doing great” in their temporary roles.
“I sort of like ‘acting,’ ” Trump said. “It gives me more flexibility; do you understand that? I like ‘acting.’ ”
A number of top administration officials have headed for the exits in recent weeks, some voluntarily and others not, and the president has yet to name permanent replacements. In addition to Mulvaney and Bernhardt, other officials serving on a temporary basis include acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan, acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker and acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler.