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Treasury Secretary May Scrap Plans for Tubman on $20 Bill


Swamp monster Steven Mnuchin says he's not focused on acknowledging the civil rights leader and suffragette.

After his wife incited fury for harassing mothers on Instagram for not being as wealthy as she is, Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said his department could scrap plans to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The removal of Jackson -- planned under President Obama -- was meant to acknowledge the seventh president's crimes against indigenous people as well as offer a woman a place on American paper currency for the first time. After a long campaign, Jackson was set to be replaced on the $20 bill by Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman, who rescued dozens of slaves from the South.

Mnuchin told CNBC Thursday that changing currency was not his focus, and he wouldn't commit to following through on the promised switch. "It's not something that I'm focused on at the moment," Mnuchin said. "The issues of why we change it will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes."

Under the Obama administration, officials also emphasized the need to change bills to prevent counterfeiting, but felt the opportunity to pay homage to leaders of the suffrage and other civil rights movements was an added benefit. New designs for the back of the $10 bill also featured leaders of the suffrage movement, and the $5 bill would depict the historic civil rights march to the Lincoln Memorial.

In a time when racial tensions have spiked, the inclusion of minorities and women on currency could be seen as an act of good faith. But this is the Trump administration we're talking about.

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