Mulvaney: No concern Trump's presidency is in 'crisis'

Incoming White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday dismissed speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE's presidency is in "crisis." 

“I don’t think there’s concern that the presidency is in crisis," Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday." "This is what having a president who is nontraditional looks like. He’s not going to be an ordinary president. That’s not what people wanted when they elected him."

Mulvaney's comments came after he was pressed by Fox News host Chris Wallace, who noted the partial government shutdown, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMacron: US 'retreat from Syria' won't change mission to eradicate ISIS Poll: Most Americans want US troops in Syria Fox's Griffin: Was told by diplomat that Syria attack was 'direct result' of US pullout decision MORE's resignation, steep drops in the stock market and fractures between Trump and congressional Republicans.


A number of Republicans in Congress, including typical Trump allies such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback Democrats signal they'll reject Trump shutdown proposal Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell MORE (R-S.C.), harshly criticized Trump last week over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. 

That decision also prompted the resignation of Mattis, who wrote in his resignation letter that Trump deserves a Defense secretary "whose views are better aligned with yours."

But Mulvaney on Sunday defended Trump's move to withdraw those troops, saying it wasn't a "snap decision" and noting that Trump has said for years that he wanted to remove U.S. forces from Syria.

"This is not something that was done at the drop of a hat. The president has been working on this for two years. So it’s unfortunate that it came out the way that it did, but this was not a snap decision. And it’s not a surprise to anybody, because it’s exactly what the president said he was going to do," Mulvaney said. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said later on the program, however, that "great chaos" would be created if a significant number of his aides left.

“We’d have a great difficulty getting things done. And it would communicate chaos throughout the state, the legislature, whatever,” Kasich, who has said he’s considering a challenge to Trump in 2020, added. “So it’s very disturbing.

“The implications of what all this means long term for our foreign policy, for our domestic agenda is up in the air. It concerns me a great deal."

— This report was updated at 10:26 a.m.