Mulvaney 'fascinated' by focus on government shutdown

Mulvaney 'fascinated' by focus on government shutdown
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White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump’s state of emergency declaration imperils defense budget Mulvaney told Trump officials their 'highest priority' will be deregulation: Axios High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE on Sunday argued that the media has overplayed the possibility of a government shutdown next month, even though President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE has voiced support for a shutdown on multiple occasions.

"This is not generated by us, it’s generated by the White House," anchor Chris Wallace noted on "Fox News Sunday."

"I’m always fascinated with folks who always want to talk about a shutdown," Mulvaney responded, blaming Senate Democrats for the two shutdowns so far of the Trump administration.

Mulvaney went on to downplay the chances of a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, but would not get into specifics. He said Trump believes the country is spending "way too much money," and would not sign any more omnibus bills.

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Trump's position, Mulvaney said, is that "I don’t think we should spend all of this money, but if you do, I’d like to have all my priorities funded."

He noted that Congress has already passed some spending bills in recent weeks, putting it ahead of schedule from past years.

"All signs are good we're going to get some [more] spending bills passed before the end of the fiscal year," Mulvaney said.

In consecutive days in late July, Trump expressed a commitment to shutting down the government if he does not receive funding for his border wall, as well as changes to legal immigration programs.

"I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown," Trump tweeted on July 31.

"A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!" he added.

A shutdown so close to the November midterms could prove disastrous for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and are attempting to hold off a Democratic effort to retake control of the House and Senate.