The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ended up in quite a predicament as the agency suddenly found itself with two acting directors claiming to be in charge.
This peculiar situation arose due the fact that while the former CFPB Director Richard Cordray named his aide Leandra English as the new boss prior to his resignation, US President Donald Trump has also appointed Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as a temporary head of the organization.
According to Bloomberg, both sides continue to insist that they are the one true acting director: while English sent an email to staff saying that "it is an honor to work with all of you," Mulvaney advised workers to ignore instructions from her and also treated them to donuts.
Mulvaney brings donuts to his first day at CFPB. Couldn’t hurt. pic.twitter.com/BpKJ2nd1L0— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) 27 ноября 2017 г.
Some people appeared to be amused by this diarchy, coming up with humorous suggestions about how Mulvaney and English might resolve their standoff.
The CFPB should just mimic the CFP and do a playoff. English vs. Mulvaney. Last one standing wins.— Thomas (@SwedeAbroad) 28 ноября 2017 г.
Settle the CFPB dispute by giving Leandra English and Mick Mulvaney the Pacific Rim jaegers and let them destroy DC until only one remains— Captain America: Nuclear Holocaust (@karynkons) 28 ноября 2017 г.
Others however rushed to take sides, supporting either English or Mulvaney.
Today's NYT says 2 showed up for work at CFPB…Mulvaney and English. Not really. Mulvaney did and held meetings. English met with Sens. Schumer and Pocahontas to have a whine in. Never went to the office. I'll take the one appointed by the Prez. pic.twitter.com/c8ktFaoSnO— Pam Seterson (@seterson) 28 ноября 2017 г.
Trump is in control of #DefendCFPB, which creates another great triggering of the left.— Kathie #UnsealTheDeals! 🇺🇸💎 ツ (@MustangGirl3) 27 ноября 2017 г.
Leandra English: *temper tantrum* — I'm the "Acting Director"!!!!
Mick Mulvaney: Put her on "ignore" and stop by for a donut. 🔥👏🏻😎 pic.twitter.com/vgPA4JM63B
You can't make this stuff up!— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) 27 ноября 2017 г.
Leandra English sued Trump over his appointment of Mick Mulvaney
Mick then shows up with Dunkin' Donuts
For someone who is critical of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he seems pretty jazzed to show up to work#DefendCFPB & send him home pic.twitter.com/Igdr1hfRuP
It's obvious Leandra English is the acting director. If Mick Mulvaney wants to be in charge, he needs to pass congressional approval, like any other director.— Lizmari Collazo (@AngryT2Diabetic) 28 ноября 2017 г.