Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mnuchin: Plane request was about national security

Mnuchin: Plane request was about national security

Being a New Yorker and Californian I was like, the eclipse? "First of all, the government never paid for any of my personal travel", Mnuchin said at a conference sponsored by Politico.

Mnuchin said that he canceled his request for the plane after he found another solution for accessing secure communications.

Mnuchin defended that decision on Thursday, arguing the reason he even broached the idea was because he wanted to ensure he had a secure communications channel if he was needed while on vacation.

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Both the flight to Kentucky and the honeymoon request are under review by the Treasury Department's inspector general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) met with Mnuchin during that trip and tweeted a photo of them watching the eclipse together, complete with proper eyewear.

The former Goldman Sachs banker reportedly requested the use of a US Air force jet during his honeymoon to France, Italy and Scotland. The secretary's office said he was there for meetings about tax reform. A watchdog group sued the federal government for records of Mnuchin's trip on the suspicion of "misuse of government resources". "This [using the military jet] was one of the things we explored".

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.

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Mnuchin - and his wife, Louise Linton - have been on quite a run of late. Did you think this was a personal trip?! (Corporate oligarchs do this all the time, and you've got the government to do it for you.) You got wealthy enough running your foreclosure mill to pay for the installation and still have enough left over for your wife to keep herself in "adorable" Hermes and Valentino for the rest of her days. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours".

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