He should have known not to mess with Mnuchin…
During Tuesday’s media conference, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shot back at CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, calling his question “ridiculous.”
Initially, the meeting was intended to include former National Security Advisor John Bolton alongside State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Mnuchin, but news came just before Bolton’s report entered the White House.
Pompeo and Mnuchin conducted the briefing as scheduled, raising a number of questions about Bolton’s exit and potential replacement, as well as how the foreign policy of the administration could change in the future.
“Is the national security team a mess?” Acosta asked as the briefing came to a close.
“Absolutely not,” Mnuchin shot back, adding, “That’s the most ridiculous question I’ve ever heard of.”
“We’ve had three national security advisors in three years,” Acosta protested.
“Let me just say,” Mnuchin continued, “the national security team, which is what you asked, consists of the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, myself, the Chief of Staff, and many others, so …”