US Treasury Secretary defends Trump's Charlottesville remarks

ByREUTERS
August 20, 2017 02:20




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Urged to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters.

Mnuchin, along with other members of the cabinet, stood beside the president at a Tuesday news conference as Trump blamed violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend on not just white nationalist rally organizers but also counter-protesters, and said there were "very fine people" among both groups.

Mnuchin's statement came after 350 of his classmates at Yale University called on him to resign from the post following the president's controversial words.

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