Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called Donald Trump’s recent comments about the rioters posing ‘zero threat’ and “hugging and kissing” police officers during the Jan 6 riot, “manifestly false”.
“I was surprised to hear the President say that. Clearly there were people who were behaving themselves, and then there were people who absolutely were not, but to come out and say that everyone was fine and there was no risk, that’s just manifestly false — people died, other people were severely injured,” Mulvaney told CNN “Newsroom.”
“It’s not right to say there was no risk, I don’t know how you can say that when people were killed,” he added.
On Thursday, Trump told Fox News that his supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 posed “zero threat.”
“It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in, and they walked out.”