During a budget hearing on Tuesday, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and radical Democrat Maxine Waters got in a heated exchange in front of the House Financial Services Committee.
Mnuchin had a meeting planned with Interior Minister of Bahrain and asked before the hearing if he would be able to leave at an appropriate time so he could make the meeting.
Waters was unwilling to allow this request which led to a heated argument.
“I have a foreign leader waiting in my office at 5:30 [p.m.] I’ve agreed to stay longer,” Mnuchin began the hearing. “It will be embarrassing if I keep this person waiting for a long period of time. I’ve assured you, I’m happy to come back here and answer more of your questions. I respect the committee, and we want to have a good working relationship with you. I hope you’ll understand.”
Mnuchin went on to compare himself to other secretaries in the past, requesting to leave on time to make his meeting.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Mnuchin continued his arguments by asserting that no other secretary has been asked to sit for more than three hours and 15 minutes during a hearing and that he had already been present for questions longer than that record. He reiterated that he planned to make himself available for an additional hearing if he was allowed to leave.
Mad Maxine shot back. “I appreciate that, and I appreciate your reminding us of the length of time other secretaries have been here. This is a new way and it is a new day and it is a new chair. I have the gavel at this point. If you wish to leave, you may.”
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Waters tried to make it seem that no other secretary had ever requested a time limit on a hearing and said that comparing himself to other secretaries was unfair.
Mnuchin fired back, “If you wish to keep me here so that I don’t have my important meeting and continue to grill me, then we can do that. I can cancel my meeting, and I will not be back here. I will be very clear. If that’s the way you’d like to have this relationship.”
Waters once again cut in and said the Mnuchin was allowed to leave whenever he wanted. The congresswoman was doing everything she could to obstruct the plans of Mnuchin.
“Well then, please dismiss everybody. I believe you’re supposed to take the gavel and bang it,” Mnuchin ended. This comment from the Secretary seemed to strike a nerve in Waters.
She cut him off, “Please do not instruct me as to how I’m to conduct this committee.”
It’s appalling that someone like Waters is the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
For someone with such high authority, it’s very disappointing that Waters would rather obstruct Mnuchin than allow him to go to his important meeting.
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