A video of Office of Budget and Management Chairman Mick Mulvaney speaking critically of Trump during the 2016 presidential election has emerged.
Mulvaney, who was then working in Congress representing South Carolina’s 5th District, was speaking at a public forum where he said he does not like Trump and said he does not think he acts as a role model.
“Do I like Donald Trump? No,” Mulvaney, who was recently selected to be President Trump’s next chief of staff, said in the video, via the Daily Beast. “Is he a role model for my sons? Absolutely not.”
Later, Mulvaney said he is supporting then-candidate Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election despite thinking “he’s a terrible human being.”
“Yes, I’m supporting Donald Trump. I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can given the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being,” Mulvaney added in the video, before saying Clinton was even worse in policy and personality.
“If I have any chance to accomplish what the majority of the Fifth District of South Carolina sent me to Washington to do, Donald Trump has to be president,” he also said, Politico reports. “Period. That’s it.”
And: “We have perhaps two of the most flawed human beings running for president in the history of the country. So I have to step back and look and say, ‘OK, what do y’all, the majority of the folks who vote for me, want me to do?’ In order to accomplish that, I have to support Donald Trump, and he has to win.”
From Daily Mail:
Mulvaney’s remarks were reported at the time by local newspaper The State, but the video did not surface online until Friday.
He went on to win his re-election handily, but resigned to become Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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Trump said Friday in tweets that Mulvaney will lead the West Wing until he can find a permanent replacement for Kelly.
A senior official indicated that Mulvaney’s tenure will be indefinite, however, telling reporters at the White House minutes after the announcement, ‘There’s no time limit.’
BBC reports an OBM spokesperson said the comments were made before Mulvaney ever met Trump. After doing so, Meghan Burris said Mulvaney “both likes and respects the president, and he likes working for him”.
The video was not the only time Trump’s next chief of staff publically criticized him. As NBC News reports the OBM Chairman took to social media in 2016 to denounce Trump following the release of the Hollywood Access tape.
Per the report:
“What he said in the audiotape is disgusting and indefensible,” Mick Mulvaney, then a South Carolina congressman seeking reelection, wrote on his campaign Facebook page in 2016. “My guess is that he has probably said even worse.”
Even as he was critical of his party’s presidential standard bearer, Mulvaney went on in the post to explain why he would still vote for him that November.
“I’ve decided that I don’t particularly like Donald Trump as a person. But I am still voting for him. And I am still asking other people to do the same. And there is one simple reason for that: Hillary Clinton,” he wrote.
Check it out, via a screenshot obtained from NBC News:
President Trump took to Twitter to announce that he had picked Mulvaney to replace General John Kelly as his next chief of staff.
“I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration….”.
In another post, the president continued: “….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!”
Mulvaney responded in a tweet of his own: “This is a tremendous honor. I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!”