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Priebus: Mnuchin, Other Cabinet Picks Will Work With Trump's Vision

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 09:50 AM

President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and staff choices "all have his same mindset and his same goals," including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, Reince Priebus said Wednesday.

"Steve is going to be lockstep with the vision of Donald Trump and Mike Pence," Priebus, who will be leaving his position as Republican National Committee chairman, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. 

"They wouldn't be offered a position if they didn't follow suit with the exact things that President Trump wanted."

Mnuchin, speaking to reporters Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York, said his experience on Wall Street and as a Hollywood financier will help him, as he is really focused on being a regional banker for the past eight years.

"I know what it takes to make sure that we can make loans to small and mid-market companies," Mnuchin said. "That's going to be our big focus, making sure we scale back regulation so that we make sure the banks are aligned."

Mnuchin, who joined Trump's campaign as its finance chairman in May, was involved in writing Trump's 100-day plan and speech Trump gave a few weeks ago, Priebus said.

Priebus also insisted Trump is bringing in people who will work together for the benefit of Americans who have been left behind by Washington.

Trump met with another potential cabinet member, Mitt Romney, for a dinner meeting Tuesday night, along with Priebus, who said Wednesday the meeting went "very well."

"Obviously, there's a lot of respect for each other, and I think the relationship has built over time," said Priebus of Romney, who was a harsh critic during Trump's campaign.

"They've talked many times on the phone. We had a good meeting. Last night was a lot of fun. They talked a lot about foreign policy, but they also talked about the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. We talked about sports, and we had a good time. There was a lot of laughs in the room."

Priebus said he believes the two men are reaching a comfort level, but he would still caution a decision is not imminent for the secretary of state position.

Meanwhile, United Technologies Corp announced Tuesday it has reached a deal with Trump and Pence to keep almost 1,000 jobs at its Carrier Corp air conditioner plant in Indianapolis, or roughly half the jobs the company planned to move to Mexico. During the his campaign, Trump had criticized Carrier for sending jobs overseas.

"It all starts at the top," Priebus said. "It starts with Donald Trump and his willingness to get on the phone and cut deals and call people out and say, 'You're not leaving to Mexico. You're staying here.'"

Priebus said Trump also has several policies coming into play that will show he will not fall prey to Wall Street influences, including on trade and reformulating NAFTA.

Trump tweeted Wednesday he will be removing himself from his businesses, and Priebus said Americans need to see Trump is taking the economy seriously.

"I think what you see in those tweets is a person at the top that understands and is willing and showing the American people that he's working hard on it," Priebus said. "[He is] taking it seriously to make sure we comply with all of the rules and laws and regulations that are in place, even though those rules and regulations don't contemplate a situation like this."

Priebus, though, said he is "not ready to reveal" whether Trump will turn his businesses over to his family or put them in a blind trust.

"He was elected by the American people with all of this knowledge in mind," Priebus said. "There's nothing to be ashamed of. This is something that in fact was celebrated by the American people. We wanted someone who understood business."

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President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet and staff choices "all have his same mindset and his same goals," including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, Reince Priebus said Wednesday.
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