Biden shelters Trump after being resurrected

Harriet Tubman, circa 1870

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The Biden administration will revive the push to make Harriet Tubman the face of the new $ 20 bill, an effort that sheltered during former President Donald Trump’s term.

White House press secretary Jane Saki asked reporters on Monday whether the new administration would take the Obama-era initiative.

The updated $ 20 note included Tubman, the former slave who became a symbol of the abolition movement, was originally unveiled around the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women voting rights.

But Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Menuchin, announced during a 2019 congressional hearing that the redesign would be delayed until 2028. Mnuchin said at the time that the primary reason for redesigning the currency is to counter counterfeit efforts.

Psaki said on Monday that the Treasury Department is “taking steps to restart efforts” to bring the image of Tubman to the forefront of new $ 20 bills.

“It’s important for American bills to reflect the history and diversity of our country,” said Saki, “and the image of Harriet Tubman will certainly reflect the grading of the new $ 20 note.”

Billman’s face will replace the seventh US President Andrew Jackson. Trump was such a big fan of Jackson that he painted a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office. Biden, who assumed office last Wednesday, removed the picture.

Before he was elected, Trump called the plan to replace Jackman with Tubman “pure political correctness”.

The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Psaki’s comment.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lev, led by former President Barack Obama, who attempted to give $ 20 to Tubman, did not immediately offer comment.


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