Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as his budget director, is a fierce deficit hawk with a record of pushing deep spending cuts across the federal government to balance the budget.Is DJT caving to Paul Ryan?
Strongly anti-establishment, Mulvaney has supported cuts beyond what House Republican leaders preferred and has refused to back deals to raise the government's borrowing limit, more recently causing heartburn for current Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.What was that about Trump's big spending plans?
In a statement, Trump commended Mulvaney's strong voice in Congress who will get America's fiscal house in order.Bait and switch? Change of heart?
"Right now we are nearly $20 trillion in debt, but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation's finances and save our country from drowning in red ink," Trump said.
Mulvaney said he looked forward to working with Congress to create policies that will be "friendly to American workers and businesses."
"The Trump administration will restore budgetary and fiscal sanity back in Washington after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda," he said.
Trump's pick for budget director has urged big spending cuts