Steve Mnuchin Wanted to Use a Government Jet for His European Honeymoon

Steve Mnuchin Wanted to Use a Government Jet for His European Honeymoon

Steve Mnuchin Wanted to Use a Government Jet for His European Honeymoon

Reporter: Newly married this past summer, multimillionaire treasury secretary Stephen mnuchin form little requested that he and his new wife, Louise, regularly seen in designer cloepts with purposes at $10,000 plus, be allowed to travel in style in a government jet on their honeymoon to Europe.

The Treasury Department has previously defended Mnuchin's trip as "official government travel" and denied that viewing the eclipse was the primary objective of the trip.

The department inspector general's office is already examining a trip Mnuchin and his wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, made to Kentucky last month.

Treasury said it has a practice of considering a "wide range of options" to ensure Mnuchin has access to secure communications, including the possible use of military aircraft.

Mnuchin, who is worth an estimated $400 million, unabashedly put the request in writing, apparently claiming that he needed a U.S Air Force jet to access secure communication channels.

An official who used to work with former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, "There's not a chance in hell that Secretary Lew would have considered using military air" for a private trip. Mnuchin said he would reimburse the government for the trip.

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Dave Camp, a former Republican congressman from MI who spent years working on tax reform, praised the White House for placing a priority on tax reform and for spending months working with the House and Senate on a plan.

They added that use of a government jet was ultimately deemed "unnecessary" because other secure means of communication were available.

Travel on such an aircraft could've reportedly cost American taxpayers $25,000 per hour to operate. He also spent part of the day watching the eclipse, and Linton's response to a critic on Instagram drew condemnation, prompting her to apologize.

The White House says it will soon release legislative priorities for its plans to overhaul the nations tax system and to address hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Not helping matters is how Linton had recently belittled someone on Instagram for not being as rich as her, and Linton later issued a few apologies (one while wearing an extravagant ball gown in a society magazine). "They bring policy expertise to the table within their agencies, they bring real life expertise to the table and they are determined like we are to deliver pro-growth tax reform this year".

This isn't the first time questions have been asked about Mnuchin and government resources.

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