President Joe Biden is an "extraordinarily weak leader" who does not have the political capital to achieve a bipartisan coronavirus stimulus bill, according to Mick Mulvaney, former President Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget director.
"Bipartisanship is more difficult than people realize," Mulvaney said on Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria," adding that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were successful because they could get members of their own parties to do what they did not want to do.
"Nobody voted for Joe Biden," said Mulvaney. "They voted against Donald Trump. Biden comes in without a lot of political capital within his own party. His own personality may lead you to think he wants to be bipartisan and cut deals, but he doesn't have the power to get his party to do that."
Instead, Democrats will end up trying to force a COVID-19 relief bill through themselves, said Mulvaney.
Biden met with Republican senators at the White House and appears ready to push forward with his $1.9 trillion relief plan, which is not expected to draw support from Republicans, who favor a plan that is about one-third the size of Biden's.
The president told the group "that he will not slow down work on this urgent crisis response, and will not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Biden does deserve credit for meeting with Republicans and "sticking through it for two hours," Mulvaney said. However, there is a "hard move to the left" with Biden and his regulations, and his "thin veneer of bipartisanship at the top" is "dangerous."
He added that Democrats may be able to get some of their coronavirus relief plan passed through reconciliation, which will allow them to bypass a filibuster, but he doesn't think calls for a $15 minimum wage can get through using that method.
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