BUSTED: Trump’s Filthy Rich Treasury Boss Tried to Stick Taxpayers with Luxury Honeymoon Expense
Treasury Chief Steve Mnuchin Wanted Military Jet For European Honeymoon
When Republican Donald Trump was running for president, he kept claiming he was a man of the people and essentially a populist. He claimed many times he would “drain the swamp” in Washington. That claim was almost immediately debunked when he named the richest cabinet in history. And included in that cabinet was a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars, now-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
In June of this year, Mnuchin married his third wife, actress Louise Linton, in front of the elite of the administration in Washington. The wedding was officiated by Vice President Mike Pence and took place in the government-owned Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. And since Mnuchin is reported to be worth between $300 and $500 million, it would be assumed he would cover every cent of the cost of the wedding and related activities and not be too worried about pinching pennies.
Turns out, that assumption is completely wrong. And a new report suggests he wanted to use a $25,000 per hour government jet to take him and his new bride on their honeymoon in Scotland, France, and Italy.
His stated reason appears to be to stay in contact with D.C. while he was gone. ABC News reported:
A spokesman for the treasury told ABC that Mnuchin, 54, a former Goldman Sachs banker, sought the military jet to ensure he had a secure line of communication but aborted the request after it became clear there were other ways to maintain contact…
“The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,” the 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.”
Mnuchin’s travel has been the subject of much controversy lately. A watchdog group is looking into whether his travel to view the eclipse in Kentucky was an appropriate use of government resources. The Treasury chief met with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and others in government during his trip there. His wife also drew flack over the trip after an Instagram post went south in a not-so-populist way.
Steve Mnuchin has put himself in hot water over race relations in recent weeks, as well. Mnuchin backed the controversial comments made by Donald Trump after the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, when the Republican president blamed both sides for the violence. He also downplayed the idea of putting the iconic Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, an idea proposed by his predecessor in the Obama administration.
Once again, it appears the millionaires and billionaires in the Donald Trump administration aren’t the least bit interested in sticking to his campaign message. Who would have thought it?
Featured image via Win McNamee/Getty Images (cropped).
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