After Allen asked the Treasury Secretary about his own dietary habits-calling out Trump's favorite chicken place, KFC, in the process-Mnuchin struck back.
A line at the end of a Q&A session by Hollywood financier-turned-U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin has raised the eyebrows of some ethics groups after he told attendees to go see The Lego Batman Movie. "He has incredible energy, and he's unbelievably healthy". Mnuchin, formerly the CIO of Goldman-Sachs and a hedge fund manager, gushed about POTUS before discussing subjects such as tax reform, the global economy, and Silicon Valley. Mnuchin had lunch at the White House Friday with Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
In a wide-ranging public interview event with the news site Axios, Mnuchin also said Trump's proposal to boost infrastructure spending would probably include $100 billion to $200 billion in federal money and depend on public-private partnerships to boost the total to $1 trillion over the next decade.
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a statement in which it said that "it's clear that Mnuchin did not learn any lessons from the Kellyanne Conway affair".
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Mnuchin also told Allen that President Trump had "perfect genes", a lax open-door policy for cabinet members at the White House, and that his face deserved to be on the thousand-dollar bill.
"I'm not allowed to promote anything I am involved in. So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you've asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product", Mnuchin said, according to MarketWatch.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he isn't anxious about American workers losing their jobs to advancements in artificial intelligence.
But even if you account for that distinction, there's lots of evidence to suggest that Mnuchin is way off base.