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

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE said Sunday that although President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 TlaibNew progressive sheriffs in town ready to fight for Main Street On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction GOP lawmaker accuses Dems of 'empowering' anti-Semitism 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 PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal 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.