Mnuchin: Treasury could scrap plans to replace Jackson on $20 bill

Mnuchin: Treasury could scrap plans to replace Jackson on $20 bill
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin: Trump supports Fed's independence, not trying to provide 'pressure' Mnuchin: US open to removing Russian aluminum producer from sanctions list GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes MORE said Thursday that the Treasury Department could scrap plans finalized under President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ MORE to replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman.

Mnuchin told CNBC that he’s not focused on the planned currency changes, and wouldn’t commit to following through on them.

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He said the primary reason the Treasury changes the design of bills is to prevent counterfeiting, something Obama administration officials also emphasized when announcing the changes in April 2016.

“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.”

The Treasury Department announced changes to the $20, $10 and $5 bills last year. The department initially planned to place Jackson's image with an image of the White House on the back of the $20 bill.

New designs for the back of the $10 bill featured leaders of the suffrage movement, while the back of the $5 bill would feature depictions of historic civil rights events at the Lincoln Memorial.