On MSNBC Wednesday, Rachel Maddow reported on former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's business dealings in the Persian Gulf — business dealings made possible because former President Donald Trump rescinded ethics rules preventing them.
"As The Post notes in this reporting, quote, 'Some of the largest investment funds in the Persian Gulf region are controlled by UAE' — the United Arab Emirates — and Qatar and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," said Maddow. "Two paragraphs later, the post notes that in the very final days of the Trump administration, where did Steven Mnuchin take his last taxpayer-funded overseas junket? He went off to visit, among other concerns, what's that list again? The UAE, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait."
"He just decided that at the very last minute while the taxpayers were still paying for his travel, he wanted to visit all of the countries with the largest sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East," said Maddow. "All of the countries with the largest sovereign wealth funds in the region, with whom he is now planning on going into personal private business."
"In fact, when the assault on the U.S. Capitol happened on January 6th, Steven Mnuchin was in the middle of that shopping spree — I mean that trip," said Maddow. "Because of the attack on the Capitol, he got all sorts of press for sort of nobly taking action to cut short his trip, and in fact, he didn't end up going to Kuwait after all. He canceled the Kuwait part of that trip, but even after the attack on the Capitol on January 6th, he did keep stretching his Middle East trip out just a little while longer, as long as he conceivably could, specifically so he could squeeze in at least one last trip to Saudi Arabia for what was expected to be one last visit with MBS, with Crown Prince Bone Saw."
"Now he's opening his private investment fund with what he hopes and expects will be lots and lots of money from the people he has loyally served as U.S. Treasury Secretary in the Persian Gulf States," added Maddow. "People he has loyally served as U.S. Treasury Secretary, by which he does not mean, you know, us."