Trump dismisses report he is unhappy with Treasury's Mnuchin

US President Donald Trump said he is extremely happy and proud of the job being done by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left).
US President Donald Trump said he is extremely happy and proud of the job being done by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left).PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Friday (Nov 23) that he was quite happy with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's performance, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the President was dissatisfied with Mr Mnuchin.

"I am extremely happy and proud of the job being done by #USTreasury Secretary @stevenmnuchin1," Mr Trump said in a tweet.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr Trump blames Mr Mnuchin for the appointment of Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, who has been steadily raising US interest rates.

Mr Trump is concerned that higher rates could undercut economic gains ahead of his 2020 re-election bid, the newspaper reported.

Quoting unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal said Mr Trump has also expressed displeasure with Mr Mnuchin over stock market turbulence and the Treasury Secretary's scepticism about the White House trade actions against China.

"The FAKE NEWS likes to write stories to the contrary, quoting phoney sources or jealous people, but they aren't true. They never like to ask me for a quote b/c it would kill their story," Mr Trump said on Twitter.