Mnuchin: I Requested Government Plane For 'National Security' Reasons

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

"I don't believe the allegations against the president are accurate, and I believe that having highly talented men and women in our country surrounding the president in his administration should be reassuring to you and all the American people", Mr. Mnuchin said.

"I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel, and this was purely about alternatives of how I'd be able to be involved for national security".

Anyway, taxpayers and their representatives in Congress got a little frosted about paying for Mnuchin's expedition to the Temple Of Ra in Kentucky, and they were further frosted by the revelation that he and Minton also had requested a government aircraft to fly to Europe for their extended honeymoon.

Steve Mnuchin, a Hollywood producer who became U.S. Treasury Secretary, took a government plane to Kentucky to watch the total solar eclipse atop the nation's gold reserve. The inspector general is reviewing whether he improperly used that trip to catch a prime view of the solar eclipse with his wife, a Scottish actress and model named Louise Linton. I was like, the eclipse?

Treasury officials defended the visit as official government travel worthy of a flight aboard an Air Force jet.

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"Let me be clear: I'm very sensitive to the use of government funds", Mnuchin said.

"This was something that, again, we just considered amongst other things", Mnuchin said at another point.

Aside from the President and Vice President, travel on military aircraft is typically reserved for cabinet members who deal directly with national security, such as the Secretaries of Defense and State. The secretary's office said he was there for meetings about tax reform. A commenter snarked at her for the trip. Did you think this was a personal trip?!

Last year, Ms Linton deleted her Twitter account after her memoir of a gap year spent in Zambia sparked outrage for including major factual inaccuracies. Adorable! Do you think the USA govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! "I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did".

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