Mulvaney In 2015: Border Wall Is ‘Absurd And Almost Childish’

UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing in Rayburn Building on FY2019 Budget for OMB on April 18, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Ah, how times change.

Back before he was President Trump’s incoming acting-chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney dismissed Trump’s plan to prevent illegal immigration by building a massive southern border wall as “absurd and almost childish.”

CNN’s K-File on Friday surfaced the 2015 clip of Mulvaney mocking the then-GOP presidential candidate’s overly simplistic views on immigration in in an interview with a South Carolina radio station.

“The fence doesn’t solve the problem. Is it necessary to have one, sure? Would it help? Sure,” Mulvaney said on WRHI. “But to just say build the darn fence and have that be the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and almost childish for someone running for president to take that simplistic of [a] view.”

Mulvaney has since become a staunch defender of the President’s signature border wall. This afternoon, with the government on the brink of shutting down over Trump’s refusal to sign a funding bill that doesn’t include $5 billion for the wall, Mulvaney huddled in Senate Minority Chuck Schumer’s office with other administration officials to try to negotiate a solution that would appease Trump.

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