Donald Trump Told His Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to Leave Oval Office for Coughing During Interview: 'I Don't Like That'

President Donald Trump tried to force acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to leave the Oval Office during an interview because Mulvaney was coughing, according to newly-revealed footage of the meeting.

Trump became frustrated by Mulvaney's coughing while he was speaking with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview which aired Sunday. The president was in the middle of discussing his financial records when his chief of staff's interruption forced another take.

"Let's do that over," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "He's coughing in the middle of my answer… I don't like that, you know, I don't like that."

When Stephanopoulos clarified whether Trump was referring to his chief of staff, the president addressed Mulvaney directly. "If you're going to cough, please leave the room. You just can't. You just can't cough. Boy oh boy. Okay, do you want to do that a little differently?"

It is unclear whether Mulvaney ended up leaving the Oval Office or if he was able to suppress the tickle in his throat for the rest of the interview.

Trump and Stephanopoulos then turned back to discussing his finances. During the conversation, the president failed to commit to releasing his personal records despite pressure from Congress. Trump has refused to release his tax returns while in office, which according to CNN makes him the first modern president not to do so.

"They're after my financial statement, the Senate, they'd like to get my financial statement. At some point I hope they get it," Trump said. Asked whether he would hand it over, the president replied, "At some point, I might… It's a fantastic financial statement." He also suggested the decision is "not up to me, it's up to lawyers."

The House Ways and Means Committee has been pushing for Trump's tax returns for weeks, but the White House has stonewalled all efforts to force their release. On Friday, the Department of Justice released a memo supporting the administration, describing the committee's demands as "unprecedented" and raising "serious risk of abuse."

The president's wide-ranging interview with ABC News produced a host of other talking points. These included Trump's admission that he might accept information about his 2020 election opponents from foreign governments without notifying the FBI, his assertion that President Barack Obama was involved in alleged efforts to stop him winning the presidency, and his denial that he ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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This file photo shows President Donald Trump speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 14, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Getty/Mark Wilson
Donald Trump Told His Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to Leave Oval Office for Coughing During Interview: 'I Don't Like That' | Politics
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