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Reince Priebus jokes Trump will be such a good president that he'll be on the $20 bill instead of Harriet Tubman

President-elect Donald Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, cracked a joke at a Manhattan fundraiser Wednesday night that might not go over too well with advocates for civil rights and women's rights, Politico reports. Trump will be such a good president that his face will one day go on the $20 bill, Priebus suggested to the audience.

The joke comes at a particularly sensitive time, as anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman has been proposed to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill — a plan that is threatened by Trump's presidency. Trump has previously called the idea of replacing Jackson with Tubman "pure political correctness," and countered that another denomination might be better for Tubman, such as the $2 bill.

"We certainly are worried, when Trump won the election, that he might try to make good on his suggestion that Harriet Tubman be put on the $2 bill instead of the $20 bill. It would be a slap in the face of women to reverse the decision in our opinion," the executive director of Women on 20s, Susan Ades Stone, told MarketWatch.

Meanwhile, Canada just announced that it is putting a Canadian woman on its new bank notes for the first time.