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Trump's Treasury secretary requested government jet for honeymoon

15 September 2017

Steve Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary, asked to use a government jet for his honeymoon in Europe with his Scottish-born wife, the actress Louise Linton, the Treasury Department confirmed.

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

A Treasury Department spokesperson told CNN in a statement that Mnuchin made the request to ensure he had access to secure lines of communication when he and his new wife, Louise Linton, were traveling. The Washington Post reported Treasury Department Inspector General counsel Rich Delma is "reviewing the circumstances of the Secretary's August 21 flight... to determine whether all applicable travel, ethics, and appropriation laws and policies were observed".

The Treasury representative said on Wednesday night that Mr Mnuchin was engaged with numerous national security issues, including North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, and that it was "imperative" that he have secure interchanges.

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According to the spokesman, Treasury officials withdrew the request after finding an alternative way to communicate about government matters securely.

The Latest on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of government planes. You don't need a giant rulebook of government requirements. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, told ABC News on Wednesday.

The use of the jet was denied, according to the report, but it would have cost about $25,000 an hour to operate the aircraft for the trip.

Linton posted a now notorious Instagram photo of her and Mnuchin getting off a government plane at the end of the trip. Many Republicans were upset the debt ceiling was increased again, but Mnuchin said he needed that money to keep the government open.

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When an Instagram commenter accused Linton of using tax payer dollars to fund her day trip writing: 'Glad we could pay for your little getaway.

Trump campaigned on the promise of cutting the corporate tax rate to 15%, but Mr Mnuchin said that the goal would be hard to achieve.

"Effectively it was a portable office so that I could be available", he said. Adorable!" Linton wrote. "Do you think the United States govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!

For starters, they are going to assume the tax legislation will mean more economic growth and greater future tax revenue.

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This is the second time in two months that Mnuchin's travel has come under scrutiny.

Trump's Treasury secretary requested government jet for honeymoon