Axl Rose, Steven Mnuchin exchange insults in COVID Twitter feud

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose traded barbs with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed 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 BartiromoHouse GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election Senate Republicans sit quietly as Trump challenges vote counts 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 TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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.