Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, regularly using his Twitter account as a platform to express his outrage and contempt at the president and his staff. Wednesday night (May 6th), Rose' comments went viral on a whole other level than usual when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a shocking move, decided to take the bait and tweet back.
It all started when the irascible GN'R singer made the following seemingly out-of-the-blue statement to his 1.2 million followers: "It's official! Whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he's officially an asshole."
In a clearly unwise action, Mnuchin shot back, tweeting, "What have you done for the country lately?," adding what he clearly intended to be an emoji of the United States flag but was, in fact, the flag of Liberia, which is identical except that it bears one star, not 50. The original tweet has since been deleted and replaced with one using the U.S. flag — but not before many incriminating screenshots had been taken, and not before Rose noticed the fuck-up and jumped on it.
It’s official! Whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he’s officially an asshole.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 6, 2020
My bad I didn’t get we’re hoping 2 emulate Liberia’s economic model but on the real unlike this admin I’m not responsible for 70k+ deaths n’ unlike u I don’t hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n’ go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic.— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 7, 2020
"My bad I didn't get we're hoping 2 emulate Liberia's economic model," Rose tweeted. "But on the real unlike this admin I'm not responsible for 70k+ deaths n' unlike u I don't hold a fed gov position of responsibility 2 the American people n' go on TV tellin them 2 travel the US during a pandemic."
What the singer appeared to be referencing is Mnuchin's comments during a recent interview with Fox Business Network. Asked if he thought international travel might resume later this year, the Treasury Secretary responded that it is "too hard to tell," adding that U.S. citizens should consider traveling more domestically. "This is a great time for people to explore America," he suggested. "A lot of people haven't seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon."