President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

It was an honor to be associated with so many of my administration colleagues in Catherine Rampell’s Aug. 1 op-ed, “The most dangerous man in Washington.” I suppose I’ve been called a lot worse in my time in Washington, but Ms. Rampell awarded me that title based on what can only be described as “fake news.”

If being the “most dangerous” means helping President Trump draft a taxpayer-first budget, fighting for the millions of people who justifiably believe Washington has forgotten them, or advocating for smarter, more effective and more accountable government, then I plead guilty. But Ms. Rampell hung that mantle on me based upon her accusation that I was so desperately opposed to raising the debt ceiling as to be “hell-bent on wreaking a global crisis.”

Let me be clear regarding the debt ceiling: The debt ceiling should be raised. It should be raised sooner, not later. The United States will never default on its debt. It should be raised in the simplest manner possible. On all those points, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the president and I are of one mind. We have been for some time now. All of which I would have been glad to have shared with Ms. Rampell, if she had bothered to call me. I understand her trepidation in doing so, though. Apparently I appear to be pretty “dangerous.”

Mick Mulvaney, Washington

The writer is director of the Office
of Management and Budget.