Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book that President Donald Trump balked at the idea of putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
In “Unhinged,” Manigault Newman describes the deliberation over a new figure on the twenty-dollar bill. She wrote that Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin told her, “it’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.”
Manigault Newman wrote that she then pushed the decision to Trump, who reportedly replied, “You want me to put that face on the twenty-dollar bill?”
Manigault Newman wrote she was offended by Trump’s reaction to “the woman who personally brought more than three hundred slaves to freedom, risking her own life every time.”
Trump has previously objected to replacing former President Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill. After former President Barack Obama’s treasury secretary announced Tubman as the new image in 2016, Trump said Jackson had “a great history,” and Tubman should be honored on a bill of a different denomination.
“I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic,” Trump told the “Today” show in April 2016. “I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can come up with another denomination. Maybe we can do the $2 bill? I don’t like seeing it. I think it’s pure political correctness.”
The Treasury Department wouldn’t commit to the switch as late as last month, and Mnuchin has avoided a declaration on the redesign since Trump took office, saying in a January speech “we haven’t made any decisions.”
Manigault Newman describes the move as favoring dismantling the legacy of the Obama administration over issuing a lasting token of legacy to Tubman, who was born into slavery and rose to prominence in American history for establishing the Underground Railroad.
Trump’s alleged distaste for Tubman’s face described in the book apparently came shortly after the violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia that started over the removal of a Confederate statue.
Trump did not immediately condemn white nationalists for the incident, setting off a storm of backlash against the administration’s often-criticized handling of racial tensions, which Omarosa refers to as the “long, horrible month.”
Via: Business Insider