Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday acknowledged that he did initially request a government plane to travel to his honeymoon in Europe, but he said he only did so because he needed access to secure communications while overseas.
"At the time, my staff wanted to make sure that I constantly had access to secure communications and secure information", Mr. Mnuchin said Thursday at a Politico event. I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel.
Mnuchin has claimed that his use of government aircraft, which costs about $25,000 an hour, was due to a need for a "secure communications facility" while traveling.More news: Everton suffers dismal defeat against Atalanta
Sanders unveils single-payer bill Trump blocks sale of United States chip company to China-backed firm The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE defended his trip to view the solar eclipse from Fort Knox in Kentucky, for which he used a government plane, saying he did hot have any interest in the event because he is from NY.
Treasury secretaries in the past have flown commercial on domestic trips but have used Air Force jets on official travel overseas.
Rich Delmar, counsel to the Inspector General at Treasury, said the IG's office was "looking at all requests for and use of government aircraft" at Treasury.More news: Jennifer Lawrence reveals perils of breastfeeding a robot baby in 'mother!'
"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. His wife, actress Louise Linton, posted a photo of herself with the plane in the background on Instagram tagging her designer clothing items.
Last year, Ms Linton deleted her Twitter account after her memoir of a gap year spent in Zambia sparked outrage for including major factual inaccuracies. Adorable! Did you think the U.S. govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!
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.More news: Direct Line Insurance Group Shares Recommendation Reiterated by Goldman Sachs Group,