Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin leaves a television interview outside the White House on Friday, March 13, 2020.Drew Angerer / Getty Images

By NBC News

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump on Sunday amid ongoing criticism over the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“People misinterpreted his comments,” Mnuchin told ABC’s “This Week” after the president during an Oval Office speech misstated several elements of a new policy restricting travel from Europe to combat the spread of the virus. “And we immediately put out a statement to clarify that.”

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