The fight for President Donald Trump’s tax returns heated up on Tuesday when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to tell Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, how to do her job.
Mnuchin was annoyed that his time before the committee was cutting into an “important” meeting he had scheduled and threatened to never return if he was required to stay. Waters then said that if Mnuchin wished to leave, he may. Mnuchin pressed Waters on what that meant until the exchange became heated, with him accusing her of forcing him to stay by giving him the option to leave.
“You’re instructing me to stay here,” he said.
“No,” Waters replied. “You just made me an offer.”
“No, I didn’t make you an offer,” Mnuchin insisted, despite having literally made an offer to stay.
“You made me an offer that I accepted,” responded Waters.
Mnuchin then demanded Waters use her “gravel [sic]” to dismiss everyone.
“Please dismiss everybody. I believe you are supposed to take the gravel and bang it,” a visibly frustrated Mnuchin ordered.
“Please do not instruct me as to how I am to conduct this committee,” Waters replied.
Maxine Waters: "no other secretary has ever told us the day before that they were going to limit their time." Mnuchin then backs himself into a corner and a lot of excuses accompany his red-faced stammering.
Make no mistake, he would not disrespect a white man in this same way. pic.twitter.com/vyGtrpWE6v
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 9, 2019
Oof. Waters really got under Mnuchin’s skin.
This guy is such a smug d*ck! Tell him Aunty Maxine! https://t.co/uRKVfPLszL
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) April 9, 2019
Who does Mnuchin work for again?
Steve Mnuchin lost that battle before he even opened his mouth.
Maxine Waters was all outta fucks.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 10, 2019
To be clear, Mnuchin is paid with taxpayer money and Rep. Waters is representing the taxpayer in this exchange. https://t.co/3gdihuriNa
— walker (@walkerschiff) April 9, 2019
Some are wondering if Mnuchin would have treated a white man as disrespectfully as he did Waters.