‘One of the Most Compassionate Things We Can Do’: Mulvaney on Whether Budget is ‘Hard-Hearted’

During today’s White House press briefing — which was delayed by more than an hour — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took questions from reporters prior to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. At one point, Mulvaney had a bit of a back-and-forth with NBC News’ Peter Alexander about some programs that are targeted for budget cuts, such as HUD, Meals on Wheels, and after-school programs. This led to CNN’s Jim Acosta to follow-up on Alexander’s questions. “Just to follow-up on that you were talking about the steel worker in Ohio, coal worker in Pennsylvania, but they may have an elderly mother who depends on the Meals on Wheels program or who may have kids in Head Start,” Acosta noted. “Yesterday, or the day before, you described this as a hard power budget. Is it also a hard hearted budget?” “No, don’t think so,” Mulvaney responded. “I think it’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.” He added that it is “fairly compassionate” not to ask for hard earned money from single mothers to pay for these programs. Watch the clip above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] —— Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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