Former Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE dodged questions from CNBC on Wednesday over whether former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE is lying when he claims the 2020 election was stolen.
During an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s chief Washington correspondent Eamon Javers asked Mnunchin if he believed that Trump’s claims about the election are lies.
Instead of answering the question, Mnuchin spoke about how he was “very involved” with the former president’s 2016 campaign, but wasn’t able to participate in the 2020 campaign.
“Well, let me just say, I was very, very involved in the campaign in 2016 and I traveled with the president across the country and was integrally involved in everything,” Mnunchin said.
“In 2020, I wasn’t able to participate in the campaign,” Mnunchin continued. “So I’m really just watching this from the outside.”
Trump and his GOP allies repeatedly assert, without evidence, that the 2020 election was riddled with widespread voter fraud.
When Javers pushed Mnuchin again on whether he thinks Trump is lying about the election, the former Treasury secretary praised Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“What I’m saying is I’m focused on our investments, our business going forward,” Mnuchin said. “I think the president’s policies were extraordinary in COVID whether it’s the vaccine or other issues. All the work we did under COVID the bipartisan support we had, to get the economy recovered.”
Later in the interview, host Andrew Ross Sorkin pressed Mnuchin on why he wouldn’t engage in the questions about the election.
“I don’t understand why given your stature, you’re not willing to engage on the conversation around what the president has said about this election,” Sorkin said. “I gather you’re trying to dodge the question, but I really think that for the sake of the country, for the sake of democracy, and for the sake of economy and business, you should.”
Mnunchin said that America had a “great democracy,” adding that he hopes Trump considers running again someday.
“We have a great democracy. It's working. It worked. We had a transition of power. I hope the president considers running again down the road,” Mnuchin said. “I think this is an extraordinary democracy, and as you said, we have an extraordinary economy.”