Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump’s chief of staff is ‘building an empire for the right wing’ behind the scenes: report

Published

on

When Mick Mulvaney was representing South Carolina during his years in the U.S. House of Representatives, the far-right Republican had no interest in moderation: he was a member of the Tea Party and the House Freedom Caucus, and he was happy to talk to the John Birch Society. Mulvaney has since gone on to serve in the Trump administration, most recently as acting White House chief of staff — and an in-depth report by Seung Min Kim, Lisa Rein, Josh Dawsey and Erica Werner for the Washington Post delves into the ways in which Mulvaney, now 51, has favored a take-no-prisoners approach when it comes to pushing President Donald Trump’s agenda and doing everything he can to erase former President Barack Obama’s achievements.

ADVERTISEMENT

For the report, the Post interviewed more than 30 people, including White House aides and former and current Trump Administration officials. And the Post journalists explain that Mulvaney has “made enemies on both sides of the aisle”: while “Democrats openly disdain” Mulvaney “as a saboteur,” some GOP Republican senators “freely signal they would rather deal with any other administration official than him.”

Mulvaney, according to the report, “has helped install more than a dozen ideologically aligned advisers in the West Wing” — and members of Trump’s cabinet “are pressed weekly on what regulations they can strip from the books and have been told their performance will be judged on how many they remove.” One of the White House officials interviewed told the Post that Mulvaney has been “building an empire for the right wing.”

The Post reports that because Mulvaney doesn’t consider foreign policy his strong point, he has “installed” Rob Blair as a national security deputy — and Blair “regularly battles with” National Security Adviser John Bolton. According to the Post, Bolton and Mulvaney “are barely on speaking terms.”

Immigration and health care, the Post reports, are two of Mulvaney’s top issues, and Mulvaney isn’t shy about putting enormous pressure on members of Trump’s cabinet where those issues are concerned. And while Reince Priebus and John Kelly (both of whom previously served as White House chief of staff in the Trump Administration) were, according to the Post, “more deferential to cabinet members,” Mulvaney has told them they are “being judged on how much they can deregulate, with the policy council monitoring them daily.”

Mulvaney was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the 2010 red wave of 2010 (prior to that, he served in South Carolina’s state legislature). And he was reelected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. But despite being elected to four terms in the House, Mulvaney made his share of enemies in Congress — including fellow Republicans.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Post reports that in 2019, “GOP aides routinely trash Mulvaney in private and say he has done little to improve his image from his House days, when he was a leading antagonist in forcing government shutdowns and other hardball tactics.” And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to the Post, “has told others on Capitol Hill that he would prefer to deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.”

The Post concludes its report by stressing that Mulvaney has a strong rapport with Trump, quoting Republican Jonathan Slemrod (formerly of the Office of Management and Budget) as saying that the acting White House chief of staff “thinks Trump is a political genius and doesn’t second-guess a lot of his decisions.” And Mulvaney is quoted as saying he plans to remain in Trump’s administration “as long as I feel like he values my opinion and I like working for him — and both those things are happening right now.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

New York City paid McKinsey millions to stem jail violence. Instead, violence soared.

Published

on

The corporate consulting firm reported bogus numbers and flailed in a project at Rikers Island. Today, assaults and other attacks there are up almost 50%.

In April 2017, partners from McKinsey & Company sent a confidential final report to the New York City corrections commissioner. They had spent almost three years leading an unusual project for a white-shoe corporate consulting firm like McKinsey: Attempting to stem the tide of inmate brawls, gang slashings and assaults by guards that threatened to overwhelm the jail complex on Rikers Island.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump proposed evacuating 25 million people from Seoul as tensions with North Korea escalated: new tell-all

Published

on

According to a new book by counter-terrorism expert Peter Bergen, Donald Trump proposed evacuating all 25 million citizens living in Seoul, South Korea at a time when tensions were on the rise with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The Guardian reports Bergen states in his book, "Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos," the president was shown a map of North and South Korea in 2017 at a time when Kim was ordering an increase in missile tests.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

Published

on

Jackson is at least the 13th Republican to jump into the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.

Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.

With hours until the filing deadline, Jackson, a former Navy rear admiral, arrived at the Texas GOP headquarters in Austin on Monday afternoon to submit paperwork for the seat.

Continue Reading