Mulvaney downbeat on infrastructure, hopeful on Pelosi

Mulvaney downbeat on infrastructure, hopeful on Pelosi

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney to start hedge fund Fauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line MORE on Tuesday said he believes the White House and congressional Democrats will continue to work together on select subjects despite mounting tensions between President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump is betting big on the suburbs, but his strategy is failing 'bigly' Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor 'trailblazer' Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.).

Mulvaney appeared at a fiscal policy event hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation hours after Pelosi, who said in her session that she's "done" with Trump amid talk of his latest attacks against her.

"We’re not done with her, I doubt she’s done with us," Mulvaney said in response.

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"We’ll see how that holds up," he quipped. "Is anybody making book on that as to how long that lasts."

On infrastructure, a topic many thought would be ripe for bipartisan compromise, Mulvaney conceded that the prospects of a deal are all but dead after Trump walked out of a meeting with Democratic leadership last month.

Mulvaney blamed Pelosi for blowing up talks after she said a short time before the meeting that the president was engaged in a “cover up."

"The outcome didn’t surprise me," he said of the infrastructure breakdown in the wake of Pelosi's comments. "It shouldn’t surprise anyone."

But Mulvaney argued that Democrats are unlikely to pass a budget, which will require Congress and the White House to negotiate a spending deal. He said he "absolutely" believes there will be a government funding deal reached by the end of the year.

He also cited the administration's ongoing push to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as an area of mutual interest.

Pelosi has signaled she won't bring the trade deal up for a vote until certain labor laws and environmental regulations are addressed.

— This report was updated at 1:54 p.m.