According to media reports, US President Donald Trump is not wiling replacing Andrew Jackson’s portrait on the US$ 20 bill with a likeness of Harriet Tubman, the African-American icon who ran the Underground Railroad that helped Southern slaves escape to freedom in the North. Replacing Jackson with Tubman was one of the campaign pledges of President Trump. Reports say, Trump has to change his mind after noting Jackson’s historical connection with Tennessee.
Trump said, ““Andrew Jackson, who continues to be on the $20 bill, you know that, I’m a big Andrew Jackson fan.”
In 2016, before he left office, then President Barack Obama and his Treasury Secretary Jack Lew floated the idea of replacing Jackson with Tubman, a plan that would have made her the first African-American to be represented on U.S. currency.
The US President said, “I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we could maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or do another bill. I don’t like seeing it. Yes, I think it is pure political correctness – been on the bill for many, many years.”
Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in an interview with CNBC in 2017 said, “Ultimately we will be looking at this issue. It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.”
Mnuchin added that “the issues of why we change it will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes.”
President Trump has been often praising Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States of America.
Now the question is whether an image of Harriet Tubman, the famed crusader for freedom and spy for the Union Army who routinely risked her life to save others during the Civil War, will appear on the US$20 bill by 2020, the year previously planned for the unveiling of the new bill.
Most of the decisions of Barack Obama were politically charged. The hurried decision at the last tale of his presidency of replacing Jackson with Tubman in the US$20 bill was one of such tactics. Should Obama be really interested in doing this change, he would have done this during his 8-years in the office.