If you didn’t think that this temp to perm assignment that “acting” chief of staff Mick Mulvaney accepted last week was going to be a love affair of long duration, this newest revelation from CNN’s K-File should confirm your worst fears. Talking Points Memo:
CNN’s K-File on Friday surfaced the 2015 clip of Mulvaney mocking the then-GOP presidential candidate’s overly simplistic views on immigration in in an interview with a South Carolina radio station.
“The fence doesn’t solve the problem. Is it necessary to have one, sure? Would it help? Sure,” Mulvaney said on WRHI. “But to just say build the darn fence and have that be the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and almost childish for someone running for president to take that simplistic of [a] view.”
Mulvaney has since become a staunch defender of the President’s signature border wall. This afternoon, with the government on the brink of shutting down over Trump’s refusal to sign a funding bill that doesn’t include $5 billion for the wall, Mulvaney huddled in Senate Minority Chuck Schumer’s office with other administration officials to try to negotiate a solution that would appease Trump.
And Trump thought Jim Mattis sounded like a Democrat.
Trump desperately needs somebody to keep his insane clown posse in check, but odds are, it won’t be Mick Mulvaney. Jared might end up with this job, yet.
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