The Washington Post has a deep, insidery look at President Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and how the former tea party congressman has built his own power center inside the White House, focused on driving a conservative agenda, especially deregulation.
Reporters Seung Min Kim, Lisa Rein, Josh Dawsey and Erica Werner include this nugget about how Mulvaney and acting Office of Management and Budget have sought to steer Trump’s fiscal policymaking:
“Mulvaney and Vought, among others, have sought to convince Trump to care more about cutting spending and the deficit. But Trump has rebuffed many of their proposed cuts as deficits soar.
“Trump recently told West Wing aides that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told him no politician had ever lost office for spending more money. Two people with direct knowledge confirmed that McConnell delivered that message in a June phone call about budget sequestration.”