A top aide to President Donald Trump has weighed in on a new White House budget proposal.
The Hill has obtained audio of a March 30 meeting between White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, which included Price saying that the Trump administration would be “tough on the deficit” and “make sure we do it in a fair and reasonable way.”
The meeting was recorded by audio device, but Mulvane did not provide the recording to The Hill, which first reported the audio.
The White House declined to comment on the audio, but did note in a statement that Mulvana had previously said in a meeting with Price in February that “there’s a big difference between our budget plan and what you’re proposing.”
“We believe our budget is fair and fair, and that it’s the right thing to do,” Mulvany said.
“It’s not the budget that was passed by the Senate.
It’s the budget we’ve been discussing for months.”
Mulvaney’s comments came after Trump and his team issued a list of demands in February to the House of Representatives for a $1 trillion spending package, which was then passed by a 227-213 margin.
Trump then signed the spending package into law in May.
The Trump administration has been under scrutiny for some time over whether its budget plan would meet the fiscal responsibility standards set by Congress.
The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers in Congress have accused Democrats of trying to impose austerity on the nation while failing to take action to combat the effects of the opioid crisis.
“What we’re saying to Congress is: Get back to work.
We’re not going to let this country go backward, but we are going to do everything in our power to make sure we are taking care of those who are suffering,” MulVaney said in February, as The Hill first reported.”
We have to take care of the American people, and we are.”
The Trump budget, Mulvary said, was designed to “address the deficit as well as the debt.”
“I think we have a great budget.
I think it’s a fair budget.
It is what it is, and the reason it is the way it is is because we want to be able to pay for it,” Mulvinyan said.