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

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Former Sears holding company sues ex-CEO, Mnuchin and others over 'asset stripping' On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll 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."