Mnuchin Under Fire For Possibly Using Government Plane To Watch Eclipse

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, watched the eclipse from the roof of Fort Knox, prompting questions over the use of taxpayer funds.

"Glad we could pay for your little getaway", commented @jennimiller29, who is reportedly a mother-of-three from Portland, Oregon.

That day, Mnuchin joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at an event in Louisville and a then traveled to Fort Knox, ostensibly to tour the U.S. Army gold depository, though a Louisville Courier-Journal report suggested Mnuchin and Linton also went there to view the eclipse.

The trip came under scrutiny Tuesday following Linton's Instagram rant against an OR mother who criticized the Scottish actress for bragging about the expensive designer clothes she wore while accompanying her husband on the trip to Lexington, Kentucky. Was the trip planned so the couple could get a view of the eclipse while flying?

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have alleged that the couple planned a trip using a government plane specifically to secure a view of the eclipse on Monday.

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The post, which has now been deleted, featured two photos of Linton and Mnuchin walking off of a government airplane after a trip to Kentucky.

Linton apologized and made her Instagram account private after she faced backlash for lashing out over the original backlash.

'Adorable! Do you think the US Govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?' You would never see Melania [Trump] post a photo of herself striding in front of her husband, name-dropping expensive designer labels, especially on a government trip to discuss tax policy. Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours".

Designers have responded by insisting Mrs Linton, married to former hedge fund manager Steve Mnuchin, received no benefit for mentioning them.

The group is requesting records on the authorization and costs for the trip and any other uses of a government plane since Mnuchin's appointment as treasury secretary. "It was inappropriate and highly insensitive". While it is not customary for the spouse of a Cabinet member to accompany said Cabinet member on official business, Linton often does - the Treasury Department has been sure to make it known that the couple reimburse the government for the cost of her seat.

  • Darren Santiago