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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics 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 GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week 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.