CABINET/TREASURY/TRUMP PEOPLE/STEVEN MNUCHIN: “U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday [5-18-17] pledged to treat ‘very seriously’ any business dealings President Donald Trump or his family might have with foreign companies flagged by officials as national security risks.
Mnuchin did not say any such cases existed. A senior Democrat pressed Mnuchin, in an appearance before senators, to produce a list of the Trump family’s business relationships with foreign companies.
Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, said Mnuchin had not adequately responded to his March 2 letter asking if the Treasury had a list of Trump’s business partners to see if any of them were on sanctions lists or had been investigated by a national security watchdog that analyzes foreign investments.
A Treasury official said in an email that the department responded to the letter on March 31, but the official provided no details. Mnuchin said he reviewed cases at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States every week. The Treasury is the lead department among the government agencies that are part of CFIUS.”
-Jason Lange and Pete Schroeder, “U.S. Treasury pledges no special treatment for Trump in investment reviews,” Reuters, May 18, 2017 12:19pm