Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wanted a government plane as transportation for his honeymoon with third wife Louise Linton - a request that was denied and raised concerns from the Treasury Department’s inspector general.
Mnuchin married Linton in June, and the two went on a star-studded vacation together last month - jetting off to Scotland, France and Italy. According to documents from the department, Mnuchin asked for a government plane - at a cost of $25,000 an hour - to shepherd the couple around Europe.
Mnuchin justified the request by saying that he needed a military aircraft for security reasons and in case he needed to engage in confidential communications. Ultimately, the department nixed the request, and other arrangements were made.
Mnuchin, a leading Wall Street money-man and President Trump ally, has come under fire for his use of government resources and the conspicuous consumption of wife Linton - who regularly posts about her luxe wears on social media. The department’s inspector general is investigating the couple’s use of a government plane in July to travel to watch the solar eclipse in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
This story "Treasury Sec Mnuchin Wanted Feds Plane For Honeymoon" was written by Daniel J. Solomon.