Following up on a controversy last week wherein he found himself in hot water for using his status as a high-ranking U.S. government official to promote the film he financed, The Lego Batman Movie, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has taken cross-promotion to the next level by using the plot behind another of his films, Suicide Squad, as the template for running the Department of Treasury. With himself in the Amanda Waller role, Mnuchin is assembling an unorthodox team of allies that Politico calls “too liberal and too detached from the core” of President Donald Trump’s administration, similar to the way Waller’s team of super-powered criminals were outside the mold of typical military operatives in the 2016 film. Mnuchin’s faction of White House staff and advisors serves as a counter to the faction led by Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart executive and powerful ancient incubus.
“I wanna build a team of some very bad people, who I think can do some good,” Mnuchin is believed to have told aides before assembling his squad. “It’s taken me some work. But I finally have them. The worst of the worst.”
Amongst Mnuchin’s team are former Goldman Sachs executives like National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, known for his skills with a boomerang, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, whose husband’s soul is trapped in inside her deadly katana blade. Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are also involved on Mnuchin’s side, in the Harley Quinn and Joker roles. Mnuchin has reportedly also chosen Craig Phillips, a Democratic donor who is in favor of financial regulation and is reportedly also half mutant crocodile, for a position in the Treasury Department.
It’s unknown whether Mnuchin’s blatant promotion of Suicide Squad in this unusual manner violates ethics codes, or if government officials will be willing to overlook it since they may represent humanity’s last hope for survival, just as Waller’s team did in the film. In any case, the war for control of the White House is shaping up to be more interesting than a blockbuster superhero film, or at least, one of the ones set in the DC Universe.