In a Wednesday interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said any shortcomings of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office should be attributed to a dysfunctional Congress and recalcitrant Democratic opposition, both of which had thwarted the administration’s efforts.
“A lot of the stuff that was entirely within our control, I think we’ve actually exceeded our own expectations,” Mulvaney told Woodruff. “Yes, we’ve not gotten healthcare done, yes we’re just starting tax reform today, but keep in mind those are the things we had to work with Congress and Congress turned out to be a lot more broken that we thought it was.”
Mulvaney suggested measuring the benchmark of Trump’s early presidency in not just the things he’s accomplished — largely, executive orders and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch — but also the things he’s “undone.”
“We’ve undone a lot of the regulatory regime that the previous administration put in,” Mulvaney said. “We’ve undone a lot of the damage they did with our executive orders so we’ve actually been able to reduce the role of government in your life a great deal the first 100 days. We take that as a huge success.”
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin unveiled a tax proposal from Trump on Wednesday that would make large cuts to corporate and personal taxes, though details on how the president plans to accomplish that aren’t expected for several weeks.
Mulvaney said the cuts are “trying to drive the economic benefit here to the taxpayers in the middle. The folks who are in the middle class, who are paying the taxes.”
Watch Mulvaney’s full interview with Woodruff on Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour.