Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that Americans should take President Donald Trump’s hyperbolic comments “very literally” — but he allowed for some exceptions.
During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Trump had recently “ordered” companies not to do business with China.
“When the president says something, how seriously, how literally should we take it?” Wallace asked.
“I think most of the time, you should take it very literally,” Mnuchin insisted. “I think sometimes he says things that are meant to be a joke.”
Mnuchin pointed to Trump’s recent proclamation that he is “the chosen one.”
“That was said tongue-in-cheek,” Mnuchin opined. “That wasn’t meant to be a serious comment, I think most people know.”
“The president is serious about China and trade,” he added. “People should understand that. He is very determined. He’s trying to correct something that’s gone on for the last 20 years where we have a very unfair trading relationship.”
Trump, at a recent press gaggle, turned to the sky and declared himself “the chosen one.” He did nothing to indicate he was joking at the time.
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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’
President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.
Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.
The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.
"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."
Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’
President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.
I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.
"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.
"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.
Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.
‘Contempt of Congress is illegal’ declared one of Trump’s newest attorneys – just days before the House voted to impeach
One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.
"Contempt of Congress is illegal," said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.
The Washington Post's Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.