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

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingHillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware MORE (I-Maine) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE’s Treasury secretary pick is one of the wealthy insiders the president-elect campaigned against.

“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 Diane Rodham ClintonFBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference Comey in op-ed after IG report: 'Barr needs to stop acting like a Trump spokesperson' Trump tops list of most tweeted about politicians in 2019 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 SandersLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal Gabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies On The Money: White House, Dems edge closer to trade deal | GOP worries about Trump concessions | DOJ argues Congress can't sue Trump on emoluments | Former Fed chief Volcker dies UN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday blasted Mnuchin as “just another Wall Street insider."