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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin “Surrounded” by Wall Street Democrats

It’s incredible that President Trump continues to operate a conservative administration given the number of Democrats in his orbit.

His national economic council director Gary Cohn is a Democrat, as is probably his closest advisor, Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump is a moderate Republican at best. I have little notion of what the politics are of his chief of staff, John Kelly, but I somehow doubt he’s a movement conservative.

Trump does have Steven Miller, his top domestic policy advisor, who is a conservative populist, as well as Council of Economic Advisor Chairman Kevin Hassett, who is a conservative. And of course, several Cabinet secretaries are proven conservatives, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

But not Mnuchin, who wields enormous power. According to Politico:

Mnuchin prefers to lean on a very small, insular group of aides — Craig Phillips, Eli Miller, Justin Muzinich, Tony Sayegh, Drew Maloney and Brent McIntosh — which has generated frustration among career staff . . .

The White House also continues to distrust Mnuchin’s handling of his own personnel and reluctance to hire additional aides, particularly right-leaning ones, according to two senior administration aides.

He’s opted to leave vacant a number of key positions — including undersecretary for domestic finance, one of the highest-ranked positions in the agency, and deputy Treasury secretary — while surrounding himself with former Wall Street executives, many of them Democrats.

At one point earlier this year, the White House nudged Mnuchin to fire Phillips, a Treasury counselor dealing with housing finance and financial deregulation who acts as the de facto undersecretary. Phillips is a former donor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and an ex-Wall Street executive widely seen by Republicans as insufficiently conservative. Mnuchin declined.

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6 Responses to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin “Surrounded” by Wall Street Democrats

  1. Are they supportive Dems or just Dems, might be the question.
    I’m still a Dem. Doesn’t mean I support all their crazy socialist/commie inspired plans or agree that abortion is the only way for women to exercise their privacy or rights.
    We’re under no delusion that MrTrump doesn’t hold some affection for all the Dems he lived with, did business with, or actually needs to further his agenda.

    That might be one of the things the left doesn’t understand – we don’t hate Dems, just hate their crazy ideas that aren’t right for America, and we expect everyone in Congress to work together in some fashion.
    On the other hand, there are more than a few solid Repubs who would do anything to upset the presidency because MrTrump sits in the WhiteHouse.

  2. Two reasons Oprha will not run for President!

    1. She has a secret life she does not want us to know about.

    2. Her network….own….is anagram of NWO and we know that is a bad thing – New World Order.

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