During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd alluded to a tweet in which the president referred to him as a “son of a bitch” and to other inflammatory remarks made at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
“The president of the United States in the past has been a beacon of freedom of the press,” Todd told Mnuchin. “Instead, last night, he was praising authoritarian figures in China and North Korea and encouraging boos of the American press.”
“Of course he believes in freedom of the press,” Mnuchin insisted. “And he believes, more importantly, in protecting democracy around the world. And that’s what we should be focused on, a week of policies.”
“If that’s what we should be focused on then why can’t the president focus on that, sir?” Todd wondered. “Would you call last night’s speech a focused speech on that?”
“I wasn’t at the campaign rally as you know,” the treasury secretary stuttered. “But again, don’t take these campaign rallies and focus them on that’s what it is.”