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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 MattisShanahan orders new restrictions on sharing of military operations with Congress: report Pentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate Trump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report 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 GrahamThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats Congress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit 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.