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

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSenators fear Syria damage 'irreversible' after Esper, Milley briefing Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall MORE (I-Maine) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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 ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision 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 SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday blasted Mnuchin as “just another Wall Street insider."