Mnuchin: I had no interest in eclipse because 'I'm a New Yorker'

Trump Pres. Donald Trump Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin Louise Linton VP Mike Pence and Second lady Karen Pence at the wedding of Mnuchin and Linton

"Being a New Yorker, I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse", Steve Mnuchin said Thursday at a conference sponsored by Politico.

The department's inspector general announced on Wednesday that they were investigating the request, which was made because Mnunchin feared he would not have access to secure communications while traveling to Scotland, France, and Italy, ABC News reported.

The spokesman added the secretary's office ultimately decided the use of military aircraft was "unnecessary" after it became apparent that other methods for secure communication were available.

Mr Mnuchin's travel was already under review after accusations he used a Government-owned plane to travel to Kentucky in August to view the solar eclipse. I was like, the eclipse?

"She went on to include hashtags of various luxury designers she was wearing: "#rolandmouret trousers #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa", prompting one user to reply, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway. The Treasury has said it is looking into requests for use of government aircraft after the trip drew criticism.




When a commentator criticised her for using taxpayers' money for the getaway, Ms Linton responded telling the woman to "chill out".

First lady Melania Trump, Pres. Donald Trump, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Louise Linton, VP Mike Pence, and Second lady Karen Pence at the wedding of Mnuchin and Linton on June 24, 2017 at Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Linton later apologized for her comments.

Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, faced backlash for the trip after Linton posted a photo of her exiting the jet on Instagram, with hashtags identifying the various high-end designers she was wearing. I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did. (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.

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