The Wall Street Journal: Mnuchin says retweet on GM from his account was ‘unauthorized’

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said an unauthorized individual was responsible for retweeting a statement calling on General Motors Co. to repay the government billions of dollars it received as part of the 2008 auto industry bailout.

In an unusual statement on Twitter Wednesday morning, Mnuchin said, “A retweet was posted last night on @stevenmnuchin1 by someone other than the Secretary or an individual with authorized access to his account. As such, the retweet is being deleted.”

President Trump also retweeted the same tweet from @The_Trump_Train, which said, “If GM doesn’t want to keep their jobs in the United States, they should pay back the $11.2 billion bailout that was funded by the American taxpayer.” Mnuchin appeared to retweet the message several minutes after the president.

A Treasury spokesman said it wasn’t clear whether the secretary’s account was hacked, or who may have been responsible for the retweet.

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com

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