Snow to remain at Treasury

| Friday, December 10, 2004

John Snow will remain secretary of the Treasury, despite reports that he would likely leave his post.

The Associated Press reported that Snow met this week with President George W. Bush, who asked him to remain.

Earlier this week, Reuters news service reported that Snow could be out as soon as the next month or two, while The New York Times reported that President Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew Card, could replace him.

Snow became the Treasury’s top man in 2003. A former railroad executive, he has also had numerous jobs in the Department of Transportation, including administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; deputy undersecretary; assistant secretary for governmental affairs; and deputy assistant secretary for policy, plans and international affairs.

During his daily press briefing Dec. 6 at the White House, the president’s press secretary, Scott McClellan, appeared to support Snow.

“We appreciate the great job that Secretary Snow is doing. He’s an outstanding member of this team,” McClellan told reporters. “I know that this is all part of the continuing Washington, DC, speculation game. It’s a game that I’m not going to get into playing, as I’ve told you from this podium.”

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