Mnuchin needed a government plane for his honeymoon because ‘secure communications’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that concerns about “secure communications” with government agencies is what prompted Secretary Steven Mnuchin to inquire about using a government plane for his European honeymoon in August.

In a statement, the department says the request for a government plane was withdrawn because a “secure communications option was identified” without the use of a government plane.

Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton were married in June in a ceremony conducted by Vice President Pence and attended by President Trump and a number of members of Trump’s Cabinet. The two went on a honeymoon in August to Scotland, France and Italy.

Treasury’s statement says that it was “imperative” that Munchin have access to secure communications when he travels.

Last month, Linton berated a mother of three 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.”

[photo: Getty]