White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has expressed criticism of the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and the deficit.
At an event in England Mulvaney said that the U.S. is “desperate” for more legal immigrants to help grow the economy, according to audio obtained by the Washington Post.
“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said during the event in England, according to the Post. “We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants.”
Mulvaney said that although Trump’s reputation is “anti-immigrant,” the White House wants to see more workers from overseas.
Mulvaney also acknowledged the hypocrisy of the Republican party to criticize the deficits of the Obama administration while blindly enabling Trump to surpass $1 trillion in 2020. He called the growing deficit under Trump “extraordinarily disturbing.”
He also admitted his press conference admitting a quid pro quo by Trump was a mistake, but that corruption and burden sharing with Europe was the driving force behind Trump’s actions with Ukraine.
As for his current position in the White House?
“It’d be a $20,000 pay cut to take the job,” Mulvaney said, brushing off concerns that he’s never been appointed permanently. “A life expectancy of a chief of staff is roughly 18 months. Generally speaking, this job does not last that long. … Who knows how much longer I’m going to last?”
Mulvaney made the remarks at Oxford Union in England on Wednesday.