Mnuchin requested a military jet for his honeymoon
The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General has launched an inquiry into Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s request for a government plane to use for his honeymoon, ABC News reports.
Mnuchin, an extremely rich former Goldman Sachs banker and executive producer of Academy Award-winning motion picture “Suicide Squad,” requested the use of an Air Force jet for his honeymoon with wife Louise Linton. The claim was eventually pulled when they realized using the plane, which reportedly can cost $25,000 an hour to operate, was completely unnecessary.
“You don’t need a giant rulebook of government requirements to just say yourself, ‘This is common sense, it’s wrong,'” Sen. Ron Wyden, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, told ABC News. “That’s just slap your forehead stuff.”
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.
What? Do you expect government officials to fly commercial? How dare you?
Of course, Mnuchin has a perfectly reasonable explanation for wanting to blow tens of thousands of tax dollars just so he and his wife could avoid making eye contact with the poors. It was all in the interest of national security.
“The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,” a Treasury Dept spokesman said in a statement. “It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft.”
The request was ultimately rescinded after they realized the incredibly obvious fact that there are plenty of other ways to make sure Mnuchin has access to secure communications that don’t involve commandeering military aircraft.
The irony in all of this is that Linton berated someone on Instagram for suggesting that she and her husband were abusing their privileges by getting the government, and thus the taxpayers, to foot the bill for their personal travel.
“Aw!! Did you think this was a personal trip?!” the secretary’s wife posted after someone commented on a photo of her and Mnuchin arriving in Kentucky the day of the solar eclipse. “Adorable! Did you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol.”
Well, they didn’t, but certainly not for lack of trying.
Linton later attempted to apologize for acting like an entitled brat.
That trip to Kentucky is the subject of an official review, by the way. Mnuchin claims he flew down there to attend important government meetings and definitely was not traveling specifically so he could be in the path of totality for the eclipse, no sir.
[ABC News | Photo: Getty]