Fox News presenter Chris Wallace did not allow former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to use his platform to rehabilitate his reputation on Sunday, repeatedly confronting the former Trump aide over his “Personal responsibility for allowing” the behavior of President Donald Trump.
Last week, Mulvaney joined a host of Trump administration officials to step down in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly insurgent riot on Capitol Hill that the president instigated. “Those who choose to stay, and I have spoken with some of them, choose to stay because they fear the president will put someone worse,” Mulvaney said after announcing he was resigning from his post as United States Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.
Interview Mulvaney on Fox News SundayWallace first insisted on the former Republican congressman on whether he supported the 25th Amendment or impeachment to remove the president from office before President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated. After calling the amendment a “clunky tool,” he remained undecided as to whether he would vote for impeachment if he was in Congress.
“I’m not trying to dodge the question, but it’s probably the most serious question you can ask any member of Congress,” he said, adding that members of both parties would view this indictment “very, very differently” than they have in the past years.
“Mick, when you announced your resignation this week, you said you felt ’embarrassed and ashamed’. Do you feel responsible? Wallace followed. “You were chief of staff for over a year, do you feel responsible for allowing Donald Trump?”
Mulvaney, meanwhile, claimed that when he wrote a the Wall Street newspaper Six weeks ago, with an op-ed claiming that he thought Trump “would go presidential,” he really believed at the time.
“I have seen the president be presidential before and I know he has the capacity to do so. He did it every day, ”Mulvaney insisted. “I don’t know what’s different, if it’s different with him now, if it’s different with his advisers.
The former chief of staff further said the president had now surrounded himself with people who “just told him what he wanted to hear and reaffirmed exactly what they thought they wanted them to say”, insisting that it is “very different” from what happened. at the White House when he was still there.
“Mick, respectfully, there are people who say he’s no different, he’s the Donald Trump you worked for,” Wallace retorted, playing a clip of the former chief of staff at the White House John Kelly, Mulvaney’s predecessor, saying he pleaded with Trump. not to hire a “yes man” to replace him because he would be dismissed.
“Kelly specifically says that you and the others didn’t have the backbone to say no to the president,” added the veteran anchor.
Mulvaney disagreed that he was shamelessly around Trump before defending his time in the White House and how the president behaved during his tenure as chief of staff.
“We were very proud of the work we were doing. Very proud to let the president be president because he was elected president ”, he continued. “But again, that all changed on Wednesday and I don’t know why.”
the Fox News Sunday The moderator continued to hold Mulvaney’s feet against the fire, pointing out that it was during Mulvaney’s time in the White House that Trump was impeached for pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden . He also noted that Mulvaney had defended the president’s actions at the time.
“It was a political event, it was a show trial,” Mulvaney insisted. “I don’t want to get into this debate too much today, but that has nothing to do with it – the reason I didn’t resign at the time was that the president had done nothing wrong. The president did nothing wrong at the time.
Wallace would not let Mulvaney fend for himself, however, pressing him further on why he did not resign due to other reprehensible actions taken by the president, such as Trump defending white supremacists in Charlottesville or the split administration. parents of children at the border.
“Chris, these are policy differences,” Mulvaney exclaimed. “These are things you think the country should be looking at one way, we think it should be looking at another.”
“These are differences of style, the way the president speaks,” he concluded. “Did he speak badly in Charlottesville?” Yes. Should he have corrected it? Yes. Did he mismanage it? Yes. It’s not something people quit for.
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