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Mick Mulvaney's Missteps Draw Scrutiny From Trump Allies


Added 10-20-19 11:54:03pm EST - “President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms. He ended up making a new problematic comment.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Mick Mulvaney's Missteps Draw Scrutiny From Trump Allies”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

First, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff stirred up a tempest by acknowledging that the administration had held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate Democrats and the 2016 elections. Then Mulvaney went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms — and ended up making a new problematic comment.

Explaining why Trump had tried to steer an international summit to one of the president’s own properties before giving up on the idea, Mulvaney said Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.” That did nothing to allay concerns that the president has used his office to enrich his business interests.

The bookended performances over the span of a few days were panned by the president’s allies and cast doubt on Mulvaney’s job security at the White House.

Mulvaney denied on “Fox News Sunday” that there was any consideration of his resignation, “Absolutely, positively not.”

At a press conference Thursday, Mulvaney tried to put a positive spin on Trump’s selection of his Doral, Florida, golf resort to host next year’s Group of Seven world summit. It was also an opportunity for Mulvaney demonstrate his ability to defend the president.

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