Critics immediately pounced on Mnuchin's Lego Movie recommendation, noting that RatPac receives income from the film and Mnuchin may not yet be fully divested of the company, which he has promised to do within 120 days of his February 13 confirmation.
President Donald Trump's cabinet picks are often known for their big mouth and little care for the words that come out of them - as demonstrated by White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
On Friday Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stepped onstage with Axios' Mike Allen to talk about his role in the Trump administration. He also revealed his ambitious plan to execute tax reform by the summer.
Regarding the upcoming health-care vote, Mnuchin said he was optimistic the bill would pass.
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In general, Mnuchin said he thinks tech stocks may be worth too much. "What I would say health care is a very very complicated issue".
"We are not cutting this up and doing little pieces at a time", Mnuchin said. The measure, which would impose a 20 percent tax on imports, has positive and negative features, Mnuchin said.
The Treasury Department was also quick respond to requests for comment, telling media outlets: "As his statement reflects, the Secretary clearly recognized that he generally may not promote private interests and specifically gave the legal disclosure that he was not promoting a movie, but answering a question he was asked directly". But as we covered last summer, the link Trump makes between his good genetics and his fitness to lead comes out of the white supremacist playbook. "That is the president's object", Mnuchin said.
In addition to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, Mnuchin said the administration was also planning to focus on stronger enforcement of other trade agreements.