White House refers to Treasury Secretary by the wrong title in official briefing

The Trump White House continues to push the envelope when it comes to the ineptitude of its official communications.

An official email from the White House press office to reporters contained not just a typo or numerical error, but the wrong job title altogether. MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted out the glaring error in a transcript issued on Wednesday afternoon about the rollout of President Trump’s tax reform plan, in which Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was mistakenly referred to as the Secretary of Commerce (Trump’s Secretary of Commerce is actually Wilbur Ross).

This isn’t the first obvious mistake made by the White House this week. On Wednesday, President Trump mistakenly referred to the U.S. District Court judge who issued a ruling halting Trump’s order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities as “the Ninth Circuit.” While Judge William Orrick III’s court is within the Ninth Circuit, he doesn’t represent the Ninth Circuit itself. Trump was likely thinking of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the same court that unanimously rejected his executive order banning residents of several predominantly Muslim countries from coming into the United States.

Earlier this week, the White House issued a statement summing up the “historic accomplishments” of the first 100 days of President Trump’s tenure that was laden with errors. Historian Peter A. Shulman noted that the proclamation ignored roughly 60 executive orders Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed in his first 100 days in office, and over-exaggerated legislative accomplishments that were little more than rubber-stamp approval of low-level government officials to start their work.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seemed to suggest that disgraced retired general Michael Flynn became Trump’s National Security Adviser under former President Barack Obama, in defending the White House’s refusal to turn over financial statements that would confirm Flynn’s work with foreign governments.


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.