Mulvaney on Trump: 'He didn't hire very well'

Mulvaney on Trump: 'He didn't hire very well'
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Former acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneySupreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Bottom line White House goes through dizzying change in staff MORE said Friday that President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE could've made better decisions when tapping people for top administration roles.

CNN's Jim Sciutto asked Mulvaney, now special envoy for Northern Ireland, if former Trump administration officials who have lambasted the president for his performance, such as former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report Mattis urges people to wear masks in PSA about 'nasty little virus' Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report MORE, are lying in their assessment of Trump's ability to be president.

“[Trump] didn’t hire very well. He did not have experience at running government, and didn’t know how to put together a team that could work well with him,” Mulvaney responded.

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Mulvaney said that many of the former Trump officials who have criticized the president came from a military background and that the personalities of military personnel don't mix well with Trump.

Mulvaney was also probed about former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed Bolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties MORE's new book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," excerpts of which have painted Trump in a damning light.

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Sciutto asked Mulvaney if he thought the contents of Bolton's book were false or classified.

“They could easily be both,” Mulvaney answered. “You could have some things in there that are false, and certainly the excerpts I’ve read, I’ve not seen the whole book, I’m not sure why I didn’t receive a courtesy copy of it. I understand I’m in there several times over, but the excerpts that I’ve seen have been factually false, and it’s very likely or possible that the stuff we’ve not seen is classified.”

Bolton’s memoir is due to be released to the public on June 23. Bolton has denied that the memoir contains classified information.