Mulvaney: No one blames Trump for 'coarsening' public discourse

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney poised to become permanent White House chief of staff: report Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration Trump: Media 'working overtime to blame me' for New Zealand attack MORE said Sunday that although President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE uses coarse language at times, he is not to blame for "coarsening" public discourse.

"I don't think anybody in the country blames the president," he told CNN's "State of the Union." "I think there's more important things than who is coarsening the language."

After CNN played a montage of Trump's use of colorful language in public speeches, Mulvaney also noted that "the president does use coarse language in private with us."


Trump last week criticized Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Tlaib: Trump needs to send a 'very loud and clear' signal against domestic terrorism, white supremacy MORE (D-Mich.), who just took office, after she said the new Democratic majority would "go in and impeach the mothef---er.”

“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” Trump said Friday.

Mulvaney was also critical of her remark.

"I was glad to see some of my former Democrat colleagues distance themselves from that kind of language," Mulvaney told CNN.

A number of Democrats have called the remarks "inappropriate." Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) said of the remark that "I wouldn’t use that language” but added that she is "not in the censorship business.”

Mulvaney, who just took over the White House chief of staff job at the beginning of the year, added that the job has been "a lot of fun" so far. Mulvaney took over from John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, who called the job a "bone-crushing hard job."

"People keep asking me, 'I don't know whether to congratulate you or console you?' " he said. "It's actually a lot of fun. This is probably the best job that many in the White House are ever going to have. Working in the White House is a tremendous privilege and tremendous opportunity. If you do it properly it can be a lot of fun."

He added that he approaches the job keeping in mind advice he received from James Baker, who was White House chief of staff under former President George H. W. Bush.

He said Baker told him "just remember you're the chief of the staff, not the chief of the president. You're not going to change the president of the United States."

"None of us ever were able to do that, nor do we want to do that," Mulvaney told CNN.