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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Sanders unveils plan to wipe .6T in student debt | How Sanders plan plays in rivalry with Warren | Treasury watchdog to probe delay of Harriet Tubman bills | Trump says Fed 'blew it' on rate decision The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Top Democrat accuses White House of obstructing review related to Trump-Putin communications MORE said Sunday that although President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 TlaibLawmakers urge young women to run for office at DC conference Sanders proposes canceling .6 trillion in US student debt GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill 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.