Like everything Donald Trump has tried to propose over the past year of his failing presidency, Donald Trump’s budget was also met with loads of criticism and backlash. It wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone that his budget would be awful, highly flawed, and condemned — but the surprising thing is that even Trump’s own team is against it!
In a statement that will make Trump explode, his own White House budget chief stated yesterday that if he were still in Congress, he would “probably” vote against the budget plan that he and Trump are trying to push forward.
This statement was made at a U.S. Senate panel hearing. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, was asked to defend the Trump administration’s $4.4-trillion fiscal 2019 spending plan. Democratic Senator Patty Murray cornered Mulvaney about his hypocrisy in presenting a deficit-financed budget proposal, when he used to stand for the exact opposite as a Republican congressman. Murray said to Mulvaney:
I wanted to give you a chance today to step back from the hypocrisy. If you were in Congress, would you have voted for this budget that you’re presenting?”
Mulvaney stuck it to Trump:
Sure. I’ll give you the same answer that I gave on Sunday, which is that as a member of Congress, representing the 5th district of South Carolina, I probably would have found enough shortcomings in this to vote against it, as did many members of this committee. But I’m the director of Office of Management and Budget, and my job is to try and fund the president’s priorities, which is exactly what we did.”
Later, Mulvaney’s spokeswoman, Meghan Burris, tried to backtrack and save him by stating that Mulvaney wasn’t talking about the budget when he made that statement. She stated:
Just to be clear, Director Mulvaney was referring to the recent caps deal when answering Senator Murray’s question this morning. Naturally, he would vote for the president’s FY19 budget that he released yesterday.”
However, It’s pretty clear that Mulvaney was definitely referring to the budget instead of the caps deal. Mulvaney is set to testify to the House Budget Committee tomorrow — and it’s looking like a complete disaster for Trump and his horrific budget.
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