Trump aides Steve Mnuchin and Peter Navarro get in "knockdown, drag-out" yelling match: report

White House in turmoil: Top aides get into screaming match with each other in front of the president

Published August 9, 2020 4:44PM (EDT)

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (Getty/Alex Wong)
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (Getty/Alex Wong)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story


According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.

One spectator described it as "knockdown, drag-out" brawl.

The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.

During the discussion, Navarro reportedly accused Mnuchin of being soft on China and the two were described as getting into screaming match with each other in front of the president.

The Post adds the confrontation "was preceded by months of backroom dealings among investors, lobbyists and executives. Many of these stakeholders long understood the critical nature of establishing close connections with key figures in the Trump administration," before adding, Trump signed an executive order Thursday ordering a shut down of TikTok's U.S. operations if a divestiture did not occur by September.

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By Tom Boggioni

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