Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by JUUL Labs – Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke GOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default Pelosi calls for spending parity in budget agreement MORE said Monday that he does not find President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN’s Camerota clashes with Trump’s immigration head over president’s tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump ‘Bigot-in-Chief’ Trump complains of ‘fake polls’ after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE‘s tweets suggesting progressive congresswomen “go back” to other countries to be racist.
“I don’t find them racist. The president just went on and clarified his comments. I think he speaks for himself on that, and he was very clear,” Mnuchin told reporters at a briefing on cryptocurrency regulation, becoming the first Cabinet official to weigh in on the controversy.
Pressed again on whether he personally took issue with the tweets, Mnuchin declined to elaborate on his views.
“I think the president clarified his comment,” he said. “I understand what the president’s comment is. I’m not concerned by the president’s comment.”
NEW: “I don’t find them racist,” Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin says of Pres. Trump’s tweets targeting congresswomen of color, saying the president’s follow-up comments were “very clear.”
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His remarks came roughly an hour after Trump defended his tweets on the South Lawn and suggested that those who criticize the country should leave.
“As far as I’m concerned if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here you can leave,” Trump said.
The president sparked an uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that unidentified progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Democrats and some Republicans have condemned the tweets as racist, though Trump said Monday he’s unbothered by the criticism or that white nationalists have seized on the comments.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump told reporters during an event designed to highlight American manufacturing.