President Trump's incoming chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, once publicly expressed great skepticism about Trump's proposed border wall and calls it "absurd and almost childish" CNN reported Friday.
The comments were made in an interview between 2015 and Patti Mercer on WRHI radio in South Carolina, where Mulvaney doubted the necessity and effectiveness of a wall on the Mexican border, which then candidate Trump repeatedly called for during his presidential campaign .
"Donald Trump says," Build a wall. Depending on all illegal immigrants … "What challenges does this plan make?" Mercer asked Mulvaney. "" A bunch, "Mulvaney replied.
"The fence does not solve the problem," continued Mulvaney. "Is it necessary to have one? Of course. Would it help? Of course. But just to say building the darn fence and getting it to be the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and almost childish for a person running for the president to take this simplification of a view. "
A border wall between Mexico and the United States was a staple of Trump's presidential campaign and is the center of a current partial public shutdown. The interruption followed a standoff over funding $ 5 billion for the proposed wall.
Mulvaney continued to say in the interview that a wall will not stop anyone trying to cross the border He said people are trying to cross the wall can go under, around and through it Mulvaney told Mercer that the best border protection strategy would be more labor, enforcement and better technology "
" There are parts of our border that are safe and part of our border that is not, "Mulvaney says." Much of it comes down to whether we are just willing to enforce the law as it exists. So it's easy to tell people what they want to hear, "build the darn fence, vote for me." "
Trump announced that Mulaney, currently serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, would be his next staff manager on December 1
" I am looking forward to working with the president and the whole team. It will be a good 2019, "he said.