Mnuchin Calls Out Waters for ‘Silly Ending’ to House Financial Services Hearing After Heated Exchange

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin blasted House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in an interview on Wednesday following the heated exchange toward the end of the committee hearing on Tuesday, which Mnuchin slammed as a “silly ending” and “political theater.”

While appearing in an interview on CNBC, Mnuchin — who has served as Treasury secretary since 2017 — went after Waters a day after their testy back-and-forth near the end of a three-and-a-half-hour House Financial Services Committee hearing.

Mnuchin torched Waters’ ending of the hearing as “unnecessary” and “silly” because he believed it was necessary for all the members on the committee to have an “appropriate” amount of time to have their questions answered.

He also said he knew that he would not be able to answer the entire committee panel’s questions:

“I offered that I’d be more than happy to come back to the committee and answer all their questions, so I look forward to seeing them in May. I think it’s important that all the Congress people have the appropriate time that they have their questions answered, and I knew we weren’t going to be able to do it all in one session. So it really was just a silly ending.”

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CNBC’s Sara Eisen then asked Mnuchin if he believed he was “treated without respect” at the hearing, to which he answered he would not “go there on that.”

“I was prepared to come back and spend as much time as they wanted, and I had been there for over three hours and 15 minutes, which was longer than any secretary had been in a very long period of time,” he added.

The Treasury secretary continued on to slam Waters’ behavior in the hearing as “political theater.”

Mnuchin and Waters fired off at each other in a tense exchange, with the Treasury secretary agreeing to stay a half-hour longer than originally asked, as IJR Blue previously reported.

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