The Trump Administration is continuing to deflect questions about his predecessor’s pledge to display a redesign of the $20 bill featuring former slave and famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman by the year 2020.
At the request of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, Congress released a letter from the Treasury Department on Tuesday in which the department claimed that “the redesign of the next currency series is still in the early stages, and neither the final designs nor all features have been finalized for the new notes.” As a result, the letter said, the treasury “is unable to provide additional information” about the redesign — including whether Tubman was on it or whether the redesign would be publicly displayed. The letter also added that it would probably be more than 10 years before the Treasury will release the new $20 bill.
President Donald Trump is a well-known fan of Andrew Jackson, a wealthy populist best known for illegally and forcibly relocating Native American tribes — an act that killed thousands during a journey that became known as the Trail of Tears. During his election campaign, Trump suggested that if he were president he wouldn’t allow the Treasury to remove Jackson from the face of the $20 note. After Trump took office, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin backed off of the prior administration’s pledge to put Tubman’s image on the front of the bill, saying only that he had “more important issues to focus on.”
In wake of the letter, Shaheen said that it was clear that the Trump administration had shelved the redesign plan “without notice or reason.”
“I am severely disappointed by the Trump administration’s failure to prioritize the redesign of the $20 bill to honor Harriet Tubman, and other trailblazing women and civil rights leaders,” she said in a statement. “I’ll continue to press the Treasury Department to expedite the redesign of the $20 bill and keep its promise to the American people.”
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