Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told ABC's This Week that Trump handled the Putin meeting did at the G20 "brilliantly." Clearly, he knows the rules of being a Trump surrogate better than Nikki Haley.
In case you haven't figured it out already, here's the first four rules of any Trump cabinet member:
- Always be loyal to Trump. Don't expect him to reciprocate when it's inconvenient to him.
- Praise Trump, no matter what.
- Use terms like "brilliant, genius, master deal maker, super businessman," etc., when praising Trump.
- There's never a bad time to praise Trump.
See a pattern?
Steve Mnuchin fits the bill perfectly as a Trump surrogate.
It's of note that, "national security adviser H.R. McMaster and National Security Council Russia specialist Fiona Hill, who was a Putin critic before entering the Trump administration," were both excluded from the Putin meeting.
Mnuchin was also not present during the two hour plus meeting with Putin, so he has no idea what was actually said. Only Rex Tillerson and Sergey V. Lavrov, along with the two presidents were there.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked if new Russian sanctions would be implemented at all.