Treasury secretary: We never said we're taking Alexander Hamilton off the currency

But Lew emphasized that he is committed both to having a woman on the currency and to honoring Alexander Hamilton.

He did not go into further detail, but noted that he works under a life-size portrait of the founding father, and probably reads more about Alexander Hamilton “than a lot of the people that are jumping up and being his defenders.”

“He’s one of my heroes,” Lew said. “He will be fully honored in this decision.”