President Donald Trump is said to have undermined acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney during a meeting on January 4 with congressional leadership, saying, ‘You just f**ked it all up, Mick!’ Mulvaney is pictured attending a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 2
President Donald Trump humiliated his new White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, in front of Congressional leaders during talks to end the government shutdown, it was reported on Sunday.
The incident took place toward the end of a meeting inside the White House Situation Room on January 4, between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Axios reported.
Trump was quoted as saying, ‘You just f***ed it all up, Mick,’ after the Chief of Staff interjected during negotiations with the lawmakers over the president’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall.
A White House official did not deny the vulgar quote, but said, ‘This is an exaggerated account of the exchange that doesn’t reflect the good relationship Mulvaney has built over the last two years with the president.’
The official added, ‘The president and Mulvaney joked about it afterwards.’
Trump has yet to reach an agreement with congressional leaders over funding his border wall, fueling a partial government shutdown that will enter its 24th day on Monday and saw many federal workers missing paychecks on Friday.
The longest previous shutdown lasted for 21 days under President Bill Clinton at the end of 1995 and beginning of 1996.
The outburst is said to have occurred during a meeting between President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the White Houst Situation Room, after Trump got irritated with Mulvaney’s negotiating style. Mulvaney is pictured (left) attending a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 3. Trump is pictured (right) hosting a ’roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities’ in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 11
During the January 4 meeting, Trump is said to have reiterated his demand for funding, even after Vice President Mike Pence asked Democrats for less than half of that amount – proposing $2.5 billion be earmarked for a border wall.
Sources told Axios that Mulvaney then interjected, proposing a compromise sum somewhere between what Trump wanted and what Democrats were offering, which was $1.3 billion.
Paraphrasing comments made by Mulvaney, the source said, ‘If Dems weren’t OK with $5.7 [billion] and the President wasn’t OK with $1.3 [billion]… [Mulvaney] was trying to say we should find a middle ground.’
At that point, the President abruptly cut off his aide, saying, ‘You just f***ed it all up, Mick,’ according to a source.
‘It was kind of weird,’ the source said of the comment.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (left), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (right), joined by furloughed federal workers, are pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 9
Axios reported that it confirmed the President’s comments from another source who was in the room, who said Trump seemed to be annoyed at Mulvaney’s style of negotiating.
‘As a negotiator, Trump was resetting,’ that source said. ‘Mick was not reading the room or the president.’
Another source noted to Axios that Mulvaney initially asked for $1.6 billion in a 2019 budget proposal that Trump signed off on, though the president was said to have privately questioned, ‘Who asked for $1.6 billion?’
After John Kelly resigned from the position, Mulvaney was named the acting Chief of Staff at the end of 2018.
Mulvaney still holds the title of director of the Office of Management and Budget.
While he remains acting Chief of Staff, OMB Deputy Director Russ Vought will carry out the day-to-day tasks of that office, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in December.
After John Kelly resigned from the position of White House Chief of Staff, Mulvaney was named the acting Chief of Staff at the end of 2018. Mulvaney still holds the title of director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney (left) is pictured with Trump (right) during a ‘strategic initiatives’ lunch at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2017