Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s new comments about Rep. Maxine Waters, saying he “likes making funny names.”
During Saturday night’s campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Trump dismissed the California Democrat as a “very low IQ individual.”
“You ever see her? ‘We will impeach him. We will impeach the Pres — but he hasn’t done anything wrong. Doesn’t matter, we will impeach him.’ She’s a low IQ individual," Trump said. "I can’t help it.”
Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" how he would respond if a member of his own staff made a similar comment, Mnuchin chalked up Trump’s action to the campaign rally environment.
“I’ve been with the president and at campaigns. You know, he likes to put names on people,” the Treasury secretary said. “He did that through the entire presidential election, including all of the Republicans that he beat. ... These are campaign rally issues.”
The media shouldn’t dismiss everything Trump says at campaign rallies, Mnuchin said, but they should spend more time focused on the policies."
The media "should obviously carry them, because these are important moments for the president, and this is news,” he added. "I’m focused on the policies, and the policies have created results. We’ve had more results in the last year on both foreign policy and domestic matters — so what we should be focused on and what I came to talk about were the president’s policies.”
Mnuchin was being interviewed by Chuck Todd, whom the president attacked by name during Saturday's rally as "a sleeping son of a bitch."