“I was surprised to hear the president say that. Clearly there were people who were behaving well, and then there were people who were not at all, but to go out and say that everyone was fine and that there was no risk, that is just untrue. – people died, other people were seriously injured, “Mulvaney told CNN’s Pamela Brown on” Newsroom. ”
“It is not correct to say that there was no risk, I do not know how you can say that when people died,” he added.
“It was a zero threat, from the beginning, it was a zero threat. Look, they came in, they shouldn’t have. Some of them came in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know. They had great relationships,” Trump told Laura Ingraham of Fox News. “A lot of people were invited in, and then they went in and out.”
Still, Mulvaney said he would “absolutely” vote for Trump if he won the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
“I think the most interesting question is what the Republican primaries are like,” Mulvaney said, “and no one knows, up to and including, I think, the president. I absolutely believe that the president hasn’t made a decision yet, and probably won’t for some time. a long period of time, maybe even after the primaries start in 2024, so there is a long way to go. “
Mulvaney acknowledged, however, that if Trump were to run again, he would likely have to answer for the events of January 6.
“He is still a major player in the Republican Party; there are a lot of people who have been disappointed in the last six weeks, and especially by the riots, with whom he will have to work a little to build bridges back, if he wants to run again. “.
CNN’s DJ Judd, Veronica Stracqualursi, and Morgan Rimmer contributed to this report.