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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Seriously Claims Ignorance of CDC Banned Words Report

“It’s the first time I’m hearing of that,” he said.

During a CNN appearance, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told host Jake Tapper that he knew nothing about the reported directive from President Trump's administration for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other divisions under the Department of Health and Human Services, to stop using a list of banned words.

“Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control as well as other divisions at the Department of Health and Human Services were given a list of forbidden words,” Tapper told the treasury secretary. “Why would the Trump administration tell the CDC not to use a term like ‘science-based’?”

“It’s the first time I’m hearing of that,” Mnucnin said with a straight face. “I’m not aware of the directive at all."

The banned words list reported by the Washington Post includes "vulnerable," "diversity," "entitlement," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." 

Watch Mnuchin claim total ignorance below.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.