Former chief of staff John Kelly has been gone for a little over one month and already new "acting" chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is reportedly hacking off the president.
The outburst is said to have occurred during a meeting between President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the White Houst Situation Room, after Trump got irritated with Mulvaney's negotiating style. The shutdown on Sunday entered its 23rd day.
Trump berated Mulvaney during the January 4 meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after Mulvaney attempted to find a middle ground with the Dems, according to Axios.
In response, Trump reportedly cut Mulvaney off and scolded, "You just fucked it all up, Mick".
A White House official told Axios: "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".
CNN also separately reported on the incident, noting that Mulvaney had been "talking about the offer that Democrats had made to reopen the federal government at $1.3 billion figure, that there was an agreement between Republicans and Democrats until the president changed his mind" at the time.
The same official said Trump and Mulvaney "joked about it afterwards".
"Stop, stop, just stop - What are you doing?"
"As a negotiator, Trump was resetting", the source said.
"It was so awkward, I was looking down, like I couldn't watch", said the source. "Mick was not reading the room or the president".