Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said he would not commit to carrying out the Obama administration’s plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
“Ultimately we will be looking at this issue. It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment,” he tells CNBC.
Instead, he said he was concentrating on making sure any tweaks to U.S. currency bills thwart counterfeiters.
“The No. 1 issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting. So the issues of what we change will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes. I’ve received classified briefings on that. And that’s what I’m focused on for the most part,” Mnuchin said.
“People have been on the bills for a long period of time. And this is something we will consider. Right now, we’ve got a lot more important issues to focus on,” he added.
Jack Lew, secretary of the Treasury under President Barack Obama, last year proposed putting Harriet Tubman on front of the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson, the slave-owning seventh U.S. president.
Hope Sec. Mnuchin visits the #HarrietTubman Underground Railroad Center to learn, well, clearly a lot… It's a ~2 hr drive from his office. https://t.co/Z9pR6kQwPR
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 31, 2017
The proposition would put Harriet Tubman’s image would be on the front of the $20 bill and Andrew Jackson’s image would appear on the other side.
The process was supposed to take several years. Knowing the Trump administration, they’ll probably try to replace Harriett with a white supremacist.
Mnuchin on $20 bill: Any changes to currency will be focused on counterfeiting from CNBC.