Trump denies report he's unhappy with Mnuchin

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE on Friday quickly fired back at a Wall Street Journal report that he had openly expressed dissatisfaction with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The case for Russia sanctions Treasury issues final rules on key part of Trump's tax law MORE, slamming the story as another example of "fake news."

"I am extremely happy and proud of the job being done by [Mnuchin]," Trump tweeted. "The FAKE NEWS likes to write stories to the contrary, quoting phony sources or jealous people, but they aren’t true. They never like to ask me for a quote b/c it would kill their story."

The president's tweet came less than three hours after the Journal published its story, which quoted several unnamed sources who said Trump had derided Mnuchin behind his back. The story also included a statement from Trump's spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, saying Trump "appreciates" the secretary's work.

According to the report, Trump has openly blamed Mnuchin for the recent volatility in the market, saying, “If he’s so good, why is this happening?” 

Trump also reportedly blames Mnuchin for the appointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, whom the president has frequently criticized over interest rate hikes.

“President Trump appreciates Secretary Mnuchin’s service as a key member of his cabinet and reports suggesting otherwise are false," the White House said in a statement provided to The Hill.

The Journal report comes amid recent speculation that Trump is looking to shake up his Cabinet. Various media reports have suggested the president is looking to replace chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump cancels delegation's trip to Davos amid shutdown Trump administration to appeal ruling against 2020 census citizenship question READ: Federal judge's ruling against Trump administration's push for 2020 census citizenship question MORE, among others.

Asked for comment on the report, a Treasury spokesperson pointed The Hill to Trump's tweet.