Axl Rose, Steven Mnuchin exchange insults in COVID Twitter feud

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose traded barbs with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Trump administration releases PPP loan data | Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits | McConnell opens door to direct payments in next coronavirus bill 40 Trump-connected lobbyists secured over B in coronavirus relief for clients: report Trump administration releases PPP loan data MORE on Wednesday, noting the number of Americans killed during the coronavirus pandemic and saying the Trump Cabinet secretary is “officially an asshole.”

“It’s official!” the rock star and Trump critic wrote on his seldom-used Twitter account.

In a surprise move, Mnuchin responded and asked, “What have you done for the country lately?” 


Social media users were quick to note that Mnuchin had initially used the emoji of the Liberia flag, which includes a single star, instead of the U.S. flag.

The Treasury chief quickly deleted his original tweet and replaced it with one featuring the correct flag.


The switch did not go unnoticed by Rose, who sarcastically tweeted that he “didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model.”

The musician then elaborated on his initial criticism of the Trump administration, saying he was not responsible for more than 70,000 deaths. 

“Unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic,” he wrote.


Rose appeared to be referencing Mnuchin's suggestion on Monday that Americans should consider traveling domestically instead of making long-haul flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

During an interview with Fox Business host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoPoliticians, scientists back masks: They work Donald Trump Jr: It's not 'too complicated to wear a mask' Barr echoes Trump's concerns about mail-in voting, says it could 'open the floodgates of potential fraud' MORE, Mnuchin said it is a “great time for people to explore America.”

“A lot of people haven’t seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon,” he said.

The rare tweet from Rose came after the band’s version of “Live and Let Die” was heard blasting through the speakers as President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE toured a factory producing N95 respirators for coronavirus response efforts. 


Rose was heard in the background singing, “If this ever-changing world in which we live in / Makes you give in and cry / say live and let die.”

Rose, a frequent critic of the president, in 2018 blasted Trump for playing the band's music at his rallies after members formally requested him not to.