The person that President Donald Trump has selected to become his next “acting” chief of staff may have some explaining to do on the first day of the job.
Mick Mulvaney, who currently serves as Trump’s director of the Office of Budget Management, was promoted late this week to serve in the role of “acting” chief of staff — which implies that the search for a permanent replacement for current Chief of Staff John Kelly is still on.
But video of Mulvaney was recently re-discovered that demonstrates he doesn’t think too highly of his boss, according to a report from the Guardian. In November 2016, just days before the election that resulted in Trump becoming president, Mulvaney seemed to express a reluctance to vote for the Republican candidate.
“Yes, I’m supporting Donald Trump; I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can do,” Mulvaney said. “In fact, I think he’s a terrible human being. But the choice on the other side is just as bad.”
It’s not clear if Trump was aware of the video before he named Mulvaney to become his next chief of staff or even if he was aware of its existence before he named him to serve in the administration prior.
Mulvaney isn’t the only person alleged to have said demeaning words about the president. Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly was quoted in journalist Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” published earlier this year, as calling Trump an “idiot,” according to reporting from the BBC.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who left the administration earlier this year as well, also referred to Trump as a “moron” during his time serving in the cabinet, per reporting from CNN.
However, there is a stark difference between Kelly and Tillerson’s words and Mulvaney’s. The former officials are only alleged to have said those words, and recorded evidence of them doing so has not yet surfaced. Mulvaney, who now becomes Trump’s chief of staff, will likely be forced to explain himself to his boss, given that the evidence is clear to see due to it being recorded and available online.
Trump may not have a choice in the matter, however, seeing as no one seems to want to fill in the role of chief of staff for him. Nick Ayers, seen as the most likely choice to do so when John Kelly announced he was retiring, said he didn’t want the gig, and Chris Christie, after meeting with Trump during a Christmas party at the White House, similarly dropped his name from consideration.