President Biden’s election to oversee the regulation of national banks once praised the Soviet Union for gender equality and received a “Lenin” award during college.
Saule Omarowa, a law professor at Cornell University, comes from Kazakhstan and graduated from Moscow State University, where, according to her résumé, she received the “Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship”.
As recently as 2019, Omarova praised the former Soviet Union for having no wage gap – something she believes could be improved in the United States
“Until I came to the US, I couldn’t imagine that things like the gender pay gap still existed in today’s world,” Omarova wrote in a tweet. “Say what you want about the old USSR, there was no gender pay gap. The market doesn’t always know ‘best’. ”
Omarowa’s appointment, a harsh critic of Wall Street, has set alarm bells ringing in Washington and among the country’s most powerful banks for her proposed reforms to “effectively end banking as we know it”.
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“We have serious concerns about your ideas about fundamentally curtailing the country’s banking system, which remains the most diverse and competitive in the world,” said Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association.
Fox News has approached Omarova and the White House for comment but received no response until it was released.
Omarova’s nomination contradicts President Biden’s self-portrayal as a supposedly moderate. Nor is she the first of Biden’s picks to be accused of radical beliefs.
Biden nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), but later overturned the nomination on Chipman’s story of caustic comments about gun owners.
Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are preparing to confirm President Biden’s ecoterrorism candidate to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning.
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Omarowa’s apparent affinity for a communist government is reminiscent of former President Barack Obama’s advisor Anita Dunn, who raised eyebrows when she portrayed Mao Zedong as one of her heroes in his first year in office. The other was Mother Theresa.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.