Mnuchin dismisses Trump’s ‘vulgarities’ in the context of campaign rally

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: 0B more in Trump tariffs kick in | China calls off trade talks | CEO confidence slips over tariffs | GOP to move spending bill over Trump concerns | Behind the scenes look at how the GOP tax law passed How the Trump tax law passed: Breaking the gridlock  5 things to know about Trump's escalating trade war with China MORE dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's rhetoric at a campaign rally on Saturday, saying his use of "vulgarities" is less important than his policies. 

"I think you should be focused on what the policies are. He's using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally, and obviously, there were a lot of funny moments on that rally," Mnuchin told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," after Todd asked what he's supposed to say to the children of the individuals Trump uses the vulgarities to attack. 

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Todd was one subject of Trump's attacks the previous evening.

Trump jumped into full campaign mode at a rally for Republican congressional hopeful Rick Saccone, launching a slew of attacks on Democrats and media figures.

"A show now headed by ‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd,’ ” Trump said Saturday. “He’s a sleeping son of a bitch."

Todd jokingly responded to the president in a tweet on Saturday. 

Todd took a more serious tone about the president's insult on Sunday, however, saying the president has created a challenge for all parents.

"I bring my kids up to respect the office of the presidency and the president," Todd told Washington, D.C.'s NBC News4. "I don’t allow them to say anything negative, ever, about the president."

"It creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that," he continued. 

Mnuchin said with his own kids he "focused on them on what the president is doing to protect the United States, its citizens and more importantly the economy."