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Mnuchin Won't Commit to Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

by Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin discusses Trump administration's tax reform proposal at the White House in Washington
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin takes questions as he discusses the Trump administration's tax reform proposal in the White House briefing room in Washington on April 26, 2017.Carlos Barria / Reuters

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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman's future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.

Mnuchin is avoiding a direct answer when asked whether he supports the decision made by the Obama administration to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the 19th century African-American abolitionist famous for the Underground Railroad.

He says in an interview on CNBC on Thursday, "People have been on the bills for a long period of time. This is something we'll consider. Right now, we have a lot more important issues to focus on."

During last year's campaign, Donald Trump praised Jackson, the nation's seventh president, for his "history of tremendous success" and said the decision to replace him with Tubman was "pure political correctness."

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