Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Responds To Yale Classmates Asking Him To Resign

Claudine Rigal
Août 20, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected calls from fellow graduates of Yale University for him to resign in protest against President Donald Trump's comments following the deadly white nationalists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mnuchin's former classmates said he had a "moral obligation" to immediately resign as Secretary of the Treasury.

Trump further ignited controversy on Tuesday when he said there was violence on "both sides" of the protests in Charlottesville that were triggered by a white supremacist rally. "We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing", the letter reads.

Matthew Countryman, one of Mnuchin's classmates who signed the letter, insisted the admonition had nothing to do with politics: "This is not a matter of the debt ceiling or the infrastructure project", Countryman told CNN.

"You had a group on the other side that came charging without a permit and they were very, very violent", Trump said.

Mnuchin also writes that hate groups will not be defended by him or Trump, quoting Trump's statement from last Saturday that said, "There is no place for this kind of violence in America". "We do so today because President Trump has declared himself a sympathizer with groups whose values are antithetical to those values we consider fundamental to our sacred honor as Americans". "As long as I am Treasury secretary, I will do the best I can for the American people and provide the best advice I can to the president", Mnuchin concluded.

That initial statement from Trump angered many because it did not mention neo-Nazis or white supremacists by name.

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"Our President deserves the opportunity to propose his agenda and to do so without the attempts by those who opposed him in the primaries, in the general election and beyond to distract the administration and the American people from these most important policy issues - jobs, economic growth, and national security", Mnuchin wrote.

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