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Tucker Carlson: Why is Mulvaney ‘running Trump’s White House’ when he ‘despises’ the president?

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called out acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for “dishonest and stupid” comments that seemed to undermine President Donald Trump.

Carlson targeted Mulvaney over alleged remarks he made this week about the U.S. needing “more immigrants” in order to grow the economy, questioning why Mulvaney is “running the White House” when he obviously “despises” the president.


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Carlson tore into Mulvaney during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday after pointing to the signs of recovery in the economy which he said should be celebrated.

“Why are things suddenly getting better? It’s simple. We are enjoying a tight labor market right now. Immigration to our country is down, employment is up. That means there are fewer available workers, therefore employers must pay higher wages to those workers,” he said.

“Tightening the labor market is something that Donald Trump ran on in 2016. The numbers show he has delivered on that promise. It may be his single greatest accomplishment. But now, bizarrely, one of his closest aides seem determined to ruin the president’s achievement,” Carlson added, turning to Mulvaney’s claims that the administration’s “immigration slow down has been a disaster.”

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“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney reportedly said at a private event in England earlier this week, according to an audio recording obtained by The Washington 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,” he said, adding that they should come in a “legal fashion.”

Carlson minced no words condemning Mulvaney.

“Everything about that statement is dishonest and stupid. For one thing, Americans don’t want more immigration,” he said, citing polls.

“In a democracy, public opinion should matter. But even more basically, America isn’t running out of people. Far from it,” Carlson added, citing employment rates and what they say about the U.S. labor market.

“As of tonight, for example, there are 40 million American men over the age of 16 who are out of work. Two and a half-million say they want a job but can’t find one. More than seven million of them have left the labor force despite being in their prime working years, 25-54. Some of them are just discouraged, others are addicted to drugs, video games, social welfare checks posing as disability,” Carlson went on.

“Now you can judge these people if you want, but keep in mind, they’re our fellow Americans, they built this country literally. We have an obligation to do everything in our power to help them flourish, but a ruling class which has betrayed them would rather pretend they didn’t exist,” the Fox News host said.

“No one in Washington cares, least of all Mick Mulvaney. He’d rather replace our American working class with grateful foreigners who will work for less. That way wages stay low and profits stay high,” he argued.

“This is, once again, the opposite of what Donald Trump ran on. It’s what he railed against in speech after speech,” he added.

“So why is Mick Mulvaney, who passionately disagrees with Donald Trump, running Donald Trump’s White House? It’s almost like Mulvaney is trying to undermine his boss’ agenda. That shouldn’t surprise you. Mulvaney despises Donald Trump, He said so on camera,” Carlson noted, playing a clip of Mulvaney from 2016 criticizing Trump.

“That was in 2016,” Carlson concluded. “Mulvaney isn’t talking like that anymore, at least not on camera. But if you want to know what people really think, don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do.”

Frieda Powers

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