NEW YORK, Dec 16 (APP):US President Donald Trump’s Budget Director and soon-to-be acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, called Trump “a terrible human being” during a campaign debate in 2016, according to a newly released video.The video was released Saturday by left-leaning American news and opinion website The Daily Beast, prompting broad speculations that one of Mulvaney’s first task as White House chief of staff would likely be to explain why he held such very negative opinion of Trump and how he justifies serving him at such intimately high levels.
The current chief of staff, John Kelly, a retired Marine general, is set to leave his post at the end of the year. Kelly, in turn, replaced Reince Priebus, Trump’s first chief of staff.
Trump’s hunt for a chief of staff has not gone smoothly and has been defined more by people declining the job than queuing up to fill it. His first choice was Nick Ayers, Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to agree on how long he would serve in the post. On Friday, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, also ruled himself out of contention.
Mulkvaney, while campaigning to retain his South Carolina House seat during the 2016 election, denounced Trump, who is now his direct boss. Still, Mulvaney said he was forced to support the then-Republican nominee because the alternative was Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can, given the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being. But the choice on the other side is just as bad,” the video shows Mulvaney saying while debating his 2016 Democratic rival during his successful reelection as South Carolina’s Republican representative to the US Congress.
Mulvaney was also quoted as calling Trump and his rival, Mrs. Clinton, amongst the most flawed human beings running for US presidency.
“We have perhaps two of the most flawed human beings running for president in the history of the country,” he said then as quoted by South Carolina’s The Herald newspaper, referring to Trump and Clinton.
Following Trump’s unexpected election win, Mulvaney became a key part of his administration, at one point serving as both the White House budget director and head of the Consumer Protection Bureau.