The news conference on Thursday left aides in the West Wing dumbfounded at the former SC congressman's performance and some quarters of Trump's orbit - the Justice Department and Trump's personal attorney, among them - dissociating themselves from his account.
Before the reversal, Mulvaney said Thursday the president was "willing" to take the heat for inviting world leaders to his own resort when asked about its "appearance of impropriety" by Fox News' Kevin Corke.
"I'm very happy working there Did I have the flawless press conference, no, but again the facts are on our side.I still think I'm doing a pretty good job as the chief of staff and I think the president agrees". He also used a series of first-person pronouns that suggested the president sees little difference between himself and his private-sector enterprise. "But that's it and that's why we held up the money". "You don't hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative, period", said Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska.
Reports on those confidential meetings showed that several officials were concerned about the Ukraine policy role of Mr. Trump's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was pursuing an investigation into the Biden family. "Did he also mention to me in the past the corruption that related to the DNC server?" He had mentioned the DNC server to other people publicly. Go to the phone call.
Mulvaney had said the south Florida venue was "the best place" among a dozen United States locations considered for the June 10 to 12 gathering next year.
Mulvaney asserted in the briefing that military aid to Ukraine was delayed partly because Trump wanted officials there to look into a security company hired by the Democratic National Committee that discovered that Russian agents had broken into the committee's network in 2016.
Speaking on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning, Scaramucci likened Mulvaney's actions in that press conference to a "teenager in a horror movie that was scratching "help me" on the fogged shower door".
MULVANEY: Well, and a couple different things.
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Mulvaney said Sunday he hasn't offered his resignation to Trump over Thursday's press briefing. "If you held up the money for three reasons that's a quid pro quo", Wallace said. Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday, referring to the president.
Mulvaney has denied admitting a quid pro quo.
So yes, Mulvaney's "language" never said there was a "quid pro quo".
While Trump probably didn't care about the legal issues surrounding his decision, the fact that it came under widespread decision not just from Democrats but also from Republicans is likely one of the reasons for this decision.
People close to the situation said Trump has recently been unhappy with Mulvaney for other reasons, though, including the White House's slow response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's September 24 announcement of an impeachment inquiry into the president. And Mulvaney, like predecessors Reince Priebus and John Kelly, has faced maneuvering against him and rumors of his imminent demise. It's no coincidence that this administration has gone even further off the rails under someone so manifestly incompetent.
He said the diplomats who worked with Giuliani did not know "until much later" that Giuliani would push for a probe of Biden "or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president's 2020 re-election campaign".
'No, absolutely not, ' Mulvaney responded. In other words, this White House will stay as messy as ever.
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