Pittsburgh – Paul O’Neill, a former secretary of the Treasury Department who distanced himself from the president George W. Bush Due to his tax measures and published a book criticizing him, he died on Saturday. He was 84 years old.
Her son, also named Paul O’Neill, said his father died at home after a long battle with lung cancer. After several operations and chemotherapy, a few months ago he decided to stop all treatment, he added.
“There were some relatives present and he died serenely,” he said. “Given his situation, it was a good ending.”
Former President of the large aluminum company Alcoa, O’Neill was Treasury Secretary from 2001 until the end of 2002. He was forced to resign when he faced a second series of tax cuts due to its impact on the fiscal deficit.
After leaving office, O’Neill wrote, in collaboration with author Ron Suskind, a book about his two years in office that caused a scandal. He said the government began planning to overthrow the Iraqi president. Saddam Hussein by assuming Bush, eight months before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.