Mulvaney Hopes Trump Admin Legacy Will Be Proving Supply-Side Economics Works
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday that he hopes the Trump administration will be remembered for proving once and for all that supply-side economics works and that it will be the “greatest interest on a non-scandalous basis” for historians, according to The Washington Post.
Mulvaney’s comments came during an event at the Oxford Union in England, where he spoke to a group of several hundred people on a range of topics.
Among other issues the former South Carolina congressman discussed were his predecessor, John Kelly, climate change, the so-called deep state, and deficits. On the latter, Mulvaney admitted that Republicans are only concerned about the federal deficit under a Democratic president.
“My party is very interested in deficits when there is a Democrat in the White House. The worst thing in the whole world is deficits when Barack Obama was the president. Then Donald Trump became president, and we’re a lot less interested as a party,” he said.
On climate change, Mulvaney said Republicans generally do not disagree that it is happening but question consensus on the cause, adding that his party takes the position “that asking people to change their lifestyle dramatically, including by paying more taxes, is simply not something we are interested in doing.”
The Post reported that Mulvaney was met with laughter from the audience on that point.
The acting chief of staff also said he disagrees with President Donald Trump regularly, though he does not do so publicly. He added that White House aides drop their personal views after Trump makes a decision, in order to advocate for the president’s agenda despite potential disagreements.