Press blows up how Trump corrected Mulvaney during shutdown negotiations. It’s called business. Big boy pants, people.

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After two years, it’s clear that the media is not going to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt and will exaggerate things well out of proportion in an attempt to make him look bad.  The goal, of course, is to make him appear unfit to hold the office.

This formula came into play in reporting on an exchange between Trump and new White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that reportedly took place two weeks ago during talks with Democrats to end the government shutdown.

The pearl-clutching media breathlessly tells us a that a “furious” President Trump “humiliated” Mulvaney in front of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after he “inserted himself into the conversation and tried to negotiate a compromise sum of money” for the wall, as reported by Axios.

More from Axios.

  • “Trump cut him off … ‘You just f–ked it all up, Mick,'” the source recalled Trump saying. “It was kind of weird.”
  • Another source who was in the room confirmed the account. That source said their impression was that Trump was irritated at Mulvaney’s negotiating style. “As a negotiator, Trump was resetting,” the source said. “Mick was not reading the room or the president.”
  • A White House official, who was in the room, responded to Axios’ questions about the encounter: “This is an exaggerated account of the exchange that doesn’t reflect the good relationship Mulvaney has built over the last two years with the president.” (The official did not deny the quote we provided, but denied that it was as heated a moment as some in the room perceived it to be.)
  • The same WH official said, “The president and Mulvaney joked about it afterwards.”

While the media ran with the angle presented by Axios, that the president “dressed down” his chief of staff, their story includes a statement from a White House official in the room who called it “exaggerated” and  noted that the two “joked about it afterwards.”

After all, this is the big leagues with negotiations between the country’s most powerful elected officials underway and you can be sure everyone’s wearing their big boy pants.

As for the “source,” with Pelosi and Schumer in the room, you can be sure any leaks are going to be twisted and contorted like a pretzel.

Short of a video of the incident, we’re not likely to learn the proper context of the incident, but keep in mind that, much to the chagrin of the political class, Trump is a businessman, not a politician. And should an aide miss an effort on his part to reset during tense negotiations, as suggested, that’s an important moment.

As for allegedly dropping an F-bomb, which seems takes on a whole other meaning when coming from the right, refer back to the big-boy pants.

Attire missing from the pearl-clutching anti-Trump cabal’s wardrobe:

Tom Tillison


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