Monday, 20 November, 2017

Mnuchin says he had no interest in eclipse, 'being a New Yorker'

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Andrew Cummings | 16 September, 2017, 01:16

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Mnuchin had requested the use of a government plane for his and Linton's honeymoon.

Now, speaking on the allegations that Mnuchin and Linton used a government plane for an eclipse-viewing trip, Mnuchin claimed that, as a New Yorker, he had no interest in the eclipse. "First of all, the government never paid for any of my personal travel", Mnuchin said at a conference sponsored by Politico.

The Treasury Department says Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council, was concerned about making sure he had secure communications.

His clarification comes after reports surfaced that he requested a government plane for his honeymoon to Europe.

The spokesman added the secretary's office ultimately decided the use of military aircraft was "unnecessary" after it became apparent that other methods for secure communication were available. 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. So, to show that the Trump administration doesn't have cosmopolitan bias, the Treasury Secretary, appointed by the president who lives in a gold tower in Midtown Manhattan, flew on a government plane to watch the eclipse on top of a pile of gold, then said that only simple Kentuckians care about i - not us smart and cool New Yorkers.

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Treasury officials defended the trip as "official government travel", the Washington Post reported.

"We all grew up in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world", they wrote.

Linton's social media misstep featured a posted a photo boasting about her designer accessories, followed by Marie Antoinette-like attack on the online OR critic she chided as "adorably out of touch".

Meanwhile, Mnuchin's wife managed to stir her own controversy surrounding that August trip to Kentucky when she lashed out at a stranger on Instagram, an incident for which she later issued a public apology. Adorable! Did you think the U.S. govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!

Mnuchin faced criticism after reports that he wanted a US aircraft to ferry him and his bride Louise Linton to travel to Scotland, France and Italy last month.

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