Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin revealed Wednesday that his Twitter account had been compromised by an unauthorized person who had used the access to send a retweet criticizing General Motors.
“A retweet was posted last night on @stevenmnuchin1 by someone other than the Secretary or an individual with authorized access to his account,” an updated tweet read Wednesday. “As such, the retweet is being deleted.”
Treasury reps for Mnuchin told Bloomberg that the agency was investigating the matter, though a rep for the White House did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
“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,” it read.
The tweet came to wide prominence after being retweeted by President Trump on Wednesday. There was no indication Wednesday afternoon that the president’s Twitter account had been compromised. Other major cabinet secretaries on Twitter including Alexander Acosta, Ryan Zinke, Ben Carson and Wilbur Ross also did not retweet the message.
Hacking snafus are rare given the extraordinary security measures in place for President Trump and his top officials, but the president’s mighty account was hacked before he took office in 2013 — which he reported on Twitter.
“My Twitter has been seriously hacked— and we are looking for the perpetrators,” he said in February of that year.