Angus King: Trump's not draining swamp, he's adding alligators

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“It does strike me as an odd way of draining the swamp to bring in a new alligator from Wall Street,” King on Thursday told CNN’s “New Day” about Steven Mnuchin.

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“I’m not reflexively opposed to Mr. Mnuchin, but I do think there’s an irony here of bringing someone with a history with Goldman Sachs into the top of economic policy,” added King. "I think there’s a larger issue here of who should be in charge of the American economy."

King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats and backed Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOJ Simpson knocks Trump out of the cable news spotlight Poll: Women paying more attention to politics since Trump’s election Poll: Nearly half of liberals say friend supporting Trump would hurt friendship MORE for president, said he would hear Mnuchin out before deciding whether to vote for his confirmation.

“I don’t know if it rises to the level of concern as far as confirmation is concerned,” he said. “I’m going to wait until the hearings and see what the testimony is and what the background is."

Mnuchin, who has never served in government, on Wednesday confirmed Trump is tapping him for Treasury secretary. The former Goldman Sachs partner previously served as national finance chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign.

Mnuchin told reporters later Wednesday that Trump wants “the most significant middle-income tax cut since [former President Ronald] Reagan.”

“This is going to be a tremendous boon to the economy,” he said at Trump Tower in New York City, calling the policy a top priority for the incoming administration.

Democrats have quickly pounced on Mnuchin’s vast fortune and ties to wealthy Wall Street firms as disqualifying.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOPINION | Shailene Woodley: US should run on renewable energy by 2050 Gore: Progressive ideas 'gaining ground' among Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  Warren: 'I'd be very glad' for Sessions to quit Warren gives Trump an 'F' on draining the swamp MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday blasted Mnuchin as “just another Wall Street insider."