The alleged incident happened at a 4 January meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, where Trump tried to push through his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
US President Donald Trump lashed out at Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in front of Republican and Democratic congressional leaders during a meeting over the ongoing partial government shutdown, Axios reported.
The meeting was reportedly held on 4 January, with Trump demanding $5.7 billion to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal migrants.
Since Democrats were offering only $1.3 billion, Mulvaney reportedly stepped in to say that the two sides should try to meet halfway.
“Trump cut him off… ‘You just f**ked it all up, Mick’”, the source claimed, saying that Trump dressed down his newly-minted chief of staff in front of everyone. “It was kind of weird”.
Another source confirmed the alleged exchange, adding that Trump seemed to be irritated at Mulvaney’s negotiating style.
“As a negotiator, Trump was resetting. Mick was not reading the room or the president”.
Axios further cited an unnamed White House official, who was also present at the meeting, as saying that “the president and Mulvaney joked about it afterwards”:
“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 claims have set off a major landslide on social media, with many netizens assuming that Mulvaney’s tenure as Acting COS is coming to an end:
A vast number of users condemned the president for using explicit language, and suggested that Trump “humiliates” everyone:
A Twitterian made an apparent reference to Trump’s comments on US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib calling him a “motherf**ker”:
Some, however, took aim at Mulvaney, saying that he had “humiliated himself” by accepting the position of chief of staff:
One user alleged that Trump would come up with a catchy nickname for Mulvaney “in no time”:
Last month, a video from the 2016 election campaign emerged on social media, showing then-Congressman Mulvaney calling Trump “a terrible human being”.
Mulvaney accepted the position after Trump announced in early December that his chief of staff, General John Kelly, would resign at the end of the year 2018 after months of media speculation that POTUS was considering high-level staff changes.