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Mick Mulvaney: WH Budget Shows Trump's 'Compassion'

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By    |   Monday, 20 Mar 2017 12:07 PM

President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget shows his "compassion" to those who voted for him, according to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.

"The president knows who his voters are. His voters are folks who pay taxes as well. And I think for the first time in a long time, you have an administration that is looking at the compassion of both sides of the equation," Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Could I, as a budget director, look at the coal miner in West Virginia and say, 'I want you please to give some of your money to the federal government so that I can give it to the National Endowment for the Arts?'" Mulvaney added. "I just think we finally got to the point in the administration where we couldn't do that."

He also denied reports that Trump hopes to wipe out the national debt with this initial budget, saying it will take years for him to reach that goal.

"No, we won't be able to balance the budget this year, but we're working on trying to get it to balance within the 10-year budget window, which is what Republicans in the House and the Senate have traditionally done in the last couple of years," Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney also addressed Democrats' concerns that the budget's cuts to social initiatives would imperil low-cost programs like Meals on Wheels.

"Some of the stories are just either grossly wrong or nearly grossly wrong, all the stories about how we cut Meals on Wheels," he said.

On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "We take an oath to protect and defend our country, but our strength is measured in more ways than just taking money for the health, education and well-being of the American people, which is a source of our strength. So compassionate acts of mercy? I don't know what faith that is."

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