Trump officials admit diverting 9/11 treatment funds was wrong, but stall returning $4M

Trump officials admit diverting 9/11 treatment funds was wrong, but stall returning $4M
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the White House on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. - Sarah Silbiger/Abaca Press/TNS

WASHINGTON — Top officials in the Trump administration responsible for withholding nearly $4 million from the New York Fire Department’s 9/11 treatment program now say it was “unacceptable” — but still haven’t figured out how to give back money siphoned away from ailing EMTs and firefighters.The money was taken in bits and pieces by the Treasury Department since 2016 to pay down a still-unexplained Medicare debt purportedly owed by the city that has nothing to do with the Fire Department.New York lawmakers have pointed out that federal law gives Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin authority to w...

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