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Mulvaney: Gov't Shutdown Could Go 'Into New Congress'

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Office of Management and Budget Director and incoming White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney talks to reporters. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 23 December 2018 10:19 AM

It’s “very possible” the current partial government shutdown will extend into the new Congress, incoming White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” the current director of the Office of Management and Budget predicted things won’t “move very quickly in the next couple of days” on a government funding bill standoff between the White House and congressional Democrats.

“I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond [December] the 28th and into the new Congress" that takes office Jan. 3, he said, lashing out at Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as “beholden to her left wing — to where she cannot be seen as agreeing with the president on anything until after she is Speaker [of the House].” 

“If that's the case, there's a chance we go into the next Congress,” he said.

In a separate interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mulvaney said Mexico is “doing more for border security than Congress,” including by agreeing to house asylum seekers in Mexico until the migrants can enter a legal port of entry to the United States.

“The president is not going to not accept money for a border wall,” he added,  telling Fox News, however, that President Donald Trump has “moved off” the $5 billion he was seeking .

On the exit of Secretary of Defense Secretary James Mattis, Mulvaney said the Pentagon chief  “could never get on the same page” as Trump.

“I think the president knew for quite some time that Secretary Mattis and he did not share some of the same philosophies,” he said. “They didn't have the same world view… I think Mattis had to leave the Obama administration over similar type disagreements.”

Mattis left the Obama administration in 2013.

Mulvaney also said he and Trump “have joked about” the 2016 insult in which Mulvaney called Trump “a terrible human being.” 

“What's wrong with Washington, D.C., is that people spend a lot more time looking at what people say instead of what they do,” he said. “The president knows that I've been fighting with him to fight for ordinary Americans. He likes having me around. I like working for him.”

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It's "very possible" the current partial government shutdown will extend into the new Congress, incoming White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday.In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," the current director of the Office of Management and Budget predicted...
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