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Mulvaney: Trump Wanted to 'Clear the Decks' Through Dem Deal

(Fox News' "Fox & Friends")

By    |   Friday, 08 September 2017 09:59 AM

President Donald Trump wanted to "clear the decks" so that lawmakers can deal with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and tax reform, so it was a "great idea" to strike a deal with Democrats and move the debt ceiling issue to December, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday.

"Let's not forget about what happened in Houston," Mulvaney told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "We have a hurricane getting ready to hit Florida. Right after we deal with that we want to deal with tax reform. It has been and remains what the president wants as top domestic priority."

Thursday night, Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had dinner together, and Mulvaney said the two are getting along well.

"I am always surprised when I read in the media how much everybody hates everybody in this town and how everybody backbites and fights," said Mulvaney. "Paul came over and had a nice chat with the president. I was only there five or 10 minutes."

Trump will work with Ryan, and he'll be working with people in the Senate, as well as with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, insisted Mulvaney.

"Keep in mind, most of what we want to do as part of this administration is going to require 60 votes in the Senate," Mulvaney said. "It requires the president to work with everyone. And he can do that. So, the dinner was fine. The gentlemen got along great. We look forward to push tax reform."

He said he does understand the frustrations being felt by Republican voters, or anybody concerned about the direction in which the country is moving.

"We were told we would have Obamacare repeal and replace by now," said Mulvaney. "We were told we would probably be finished with tax reform right now and probably talking about infrastructure. Here we are in the early part of September and they haven't even repealed and replaced Obamacare yet. That frustration is real."

Trump, he continued, "is a guy who is driven by results and driven by action. That's not always the way Washington works."

Show co-host Ainsley Earhardt commented that there are reports Trump and Ryan did not discuss Obamacare or immigration, and asked if that meant the issues are on the backburner.

"I wasn't there but it wouldn't surprise me if the priorities were what are we doing in Houston, what are we getting ready to do in Florida to help these folks and then when do we get tax reform?" said Mulvaney. "It wouldn't surprise me if that dominated the discussion last night."

There also has been talk that Trump would like to end the whole debt limit permanently, but Mulvaney said he doesn't think it's understood yet how that would work.

"I think this is what is driving that discussion," said Mulvaney. "In fact, we did talk about this. How do we depoliticize it? How do we make it so it's not this precipice, this cliff every couple of months or years? How do you make it to where it's more of an ordinary course of business and is not yet just another divergent sort of leverage point in the process of Washington, D.C.? How do we deemphasize the politics?"

Trump, by reaching his agreement with Democratic leaders earlier this week, also "proved that he can govern," said Mulvaney. "He proved that he can run the country and prioritize what's most important."

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