Mnuchin on Gary Cohn’s Charlottesville Remarks: ‘Gary’s Committed to Be Here’
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was briefly asked during today’s press briefing about Gary Cohn‘s criticisms about the White House needing to “do better” in condemning white nationalists.
Cohn spoke to the Financial Times and voiced his “distress” over Charlottesville and how “citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.” A separate report says he had come “close” to resigning.
During the briefing today, Mnuchin said as far as he’s concerned, “there’s no question that the President was not equating the hate groups with” peaceful protesters.
“Under no circumstances was I gonna resign,” he continued. “Gary and I have known each other for 20 years. I can tell you, I’m speaking to him every day, his number one focus is absolutely working on tax reform with me… Gary’s committed to be here and couldn’t be more excited about that.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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