‘I Don’t Know Yet’: OMB Director Mulvaney on Whether Budget Can Be Balanced in Trump’s First Term

In the wake of the proposed budget from the White House that shows increased military spending and cuts to other programs while still showing a significant deficit, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning to discuss some of the details with host Chuck Todd. The MTP host pressed Mulvaney on the fact that the budget would be one that he wouldn’t have voted for when he was in Congress, considering that he has described himself as a “deficit hawk.” “This doesn’t look like a budget Congressman Mulvaney would have supported?” Todd asked. “Why would you support keeping the deficit — I feel like Congressman Mulvaney would not be supporting the numbers that this shows.” The OMB head noted that the administration is different than Congress, as those members represent specific constituents. Meanwhile, the has to represent the whole nation. “When will you be able to propose a balanced budget?” Todd pushed Mulvaney. “What year?” Mulvaney said he didn’t know and that in May they’ll have the larger budget to look at, leading Todd to asked if would occur in President Donald Trump’s first term. “I don’t know yet,” the director answered. “I honestly don’t.” Watch the clip above, via NBC News. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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