WASHINGTON — White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney isn’t setting any lofty goals for this weekend’s meeting with a bipartisan mix of legislators at Camp David, but he is trying to build relationships across the aisle.
It’s at least the third time Mulvaney has used the remote complex in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park as neutral ground for Washington political figures. He huddled there with Republicans last month after Trump agreed to the short-term budget deal that re-opened the government, and he held a White House staff retreat at the property not long after taking charge.
White House officials stress the latest gathering has “no agenda,” even as it comes in the midst of the ongoing budget stalemate. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says, “There’s no set conversation about border security.”