Sep 24, 2017

Mnuchin: Players have First Amendment rights "off the field"

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

"The NFL has all different types of rules ... it's not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time," Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Highlights from the interview:

  • On whether Trump's fight with NFL players is about the 1st amendment "No ... they have the right to have their 1st amendment off the field. This is a job."
  • On Trump calling NFL players 'SOBs": "I think the president can use whatever language he wants to use."
  • On Mnuchin's use of an expensive government jet: "The inspector-General is reviewing my travel ... There are times when I need secure communications to be in touch with the president and the National Security Council."

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