New Chief of Staff Called Trump 'Terrible Human' in 2016

Mick Mulvaney made the comment during a debate just before the election
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2018 5:09 AM CST
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, right, attend a bill signing by President Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – If you've ever called your boss a "terrible human being," it turns out you sort of have something in common with the president's next acting chief of staff. Mick Mulvaney, who was named as John Kelly's replacement on Friday, used those choice words in reference to Donald Trump one week before the 2016 election. Politico reports Mulvaney was up for re-election in the House (he won), and referred to Trump and Hillary Clinton during a South Carolina debate as "perhaps two of the most flawed human beings running for president in the history of the country" when asked whether he was throwing his support behind the GOP candidate.

He zeroed in on Trump specifically, saying "Do I like Donald Trump? No" and noting he didn't see Trump as a role model for his sons. And there's this: "Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can, given the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being. But the choice on the other side is just as bad." USA Today reports it was only hours after the Mulvaney news broke on Friday that the Daily Beast posted video of those comments. Mulvaney himself had more positive words on Friday, tweeting, "This is a tremendous honor. I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!" (Mulvaney will hold onto his other jobs in the administration.)

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