Mnuchin promises to ‘make America great again’ in Treasury swearing-in

On being sworn in as the 77th secretary of the treasury Monday night, Steven Mnuchin invoked President Trump‘s catchphrase.

“I am committed to using the full powers of this office to create more jobs, to combat terrorist activities and financing, and to make America great again,” the former banker, financier, and Trump campaign fundraiser said at the White House ceremony.

Mnuchin was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence after the Senate voted earlier in the evening to confirm him, 53-47, with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia joining with Republicans in favor.

“Americans should know that in Steven, our nation’s financial system is truly in great hands,” Trump said at the swearing-in ceremony.

“To all citizens I say, Steven will be your champion, and a great champion,” Trump added, stating that Mnuchin will advocate middle-class tax cuts, financial reform, and a strong dollar.

Mnuchin, he said, will “also defend our manufacturing jobs from those who cheat and steal and rob us blind.”

Mnuchin’s nomination was fiercely opposed by Democrats wary of his Wall Street connections and track record. Earlier in the day, Senate Democrats held a press conference to press the case that Mnuchin’s confirmation shattered Trump’s campaign promise to crack down on banks.

Yet Trump stuck to his populist rhetoric in swearing in the former Goldman Sachs bankers Monday night, saying that Mnuchin “knows the system and he will help ensure that Wall Street plays by the rules.”

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