Why Did Trump Pick The Same Person To Run Two Major Agencies?

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As Trump tweets, government acts. Welcome to Meanwhile, our recurring look at what federal agencies are up to and how their work affects people’s lives.

The bizarre situation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — in which two different people are claiming that they are its acting director — could easily be addressed by President Trump. He could nominate someone to replace outgoing CFPB director Richard Cordray, and Republicans in the Senate could quickly confirm that person.1

Instead, Trump has taken the odd step of designating White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to run the CFPB until a permanent director is appointed. For a moment, let’s put aside what Democrats say, namely that the 2010 law that created the CFPB