Amid a power struggle for control over a major consumer fraud protection agency, the White House on Monday reaffirmed that its pick for the next director has fully “taken charge.”
When asked by reporters on Monday “who's actually the boss?” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded definitively that incumbent Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney is in charge.
"Director Mulvaney has taken charge of that agency and he has the full cooperation of the staff and appeared there this morning and things went very well,” Sanders said during the White House press briefing.
Currently, the leader of the bureau remains in limbo, with the Trump administration claiming their appointee (Mulvaney) is the acting director, while Leandra English is suing Trump and claiming she's the rightful successor to retiring director Richard Cordray, according to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.
When asked if the White House has an issue with English, Sanders said it wasn't personal and that Mulvaney was the right guy for the job.
“I'm not saying we do have anything against her. I'm saying that we want Director Mulvaney to lead this agency and that's a decision that the president is allowed to make,” Sanders said.
Sanders also responded to Mulvaney's history of criticising the agency he is now being asked to run, including calling it a “joke.”
“We think that a lot of the past practices under the previous director and under the previous administration were used more to advance political ambitions and not about protecting American consumers, which is what that's supposed to be,” Sanders said.
“And our goal is to make sure we get back to that.”
Watch Sanders's comments below, via MSNBC.