President Donald Trump is reportedly figuring out ways to circumvent Congress — and is doing so with the help of his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney.
Axios reported that Trump and Mulvaney “have realized they’re passing no major legislation through this divided Congress.”
News of the president and his acting chief of staff’s maneuvering comes after reports from a Trump administration insider revealed that it was Mulvaney, and not Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, that pushed to eliminate the Special Olympics from the department’s upcoming budget.
On Friday night, CNN reported that an Education Department official said the agency’s attempts to put the program in the budget were repeatedly rebuffed by the Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney leads alongside his role as acting White House chief of staff.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan predicted that as the president and Mulvaney move forward to act unilaterally in the face of Congress, Americans can expect “more executive orders, more foreign deals sealed by a presidential signature rather than congressional approval, and more creative applications of the law — for example, declaring a national emergency to build the wall — to get Trump what he wants.”