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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Used Taxpayer Funds For European Honeymoon: Report

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Used Taxpayer Funds For European Honeymoon: Report

Last month, Steven Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, made national headlines for posting a photo of herself deplaning a U.S. Air Force jet in full high-fashion garb.

Internet users were quick to point out the fact that the trip, presented as a high-class getaway, was paid for by taxpayer dollars, prompting Linton to lash out with a tone-deaf and condescending response.

“Aw!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Did you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol,” read part of her comment.

The controversy sparked an “inquiry” by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General. The inquiry revealed that the Treasury Secretary did, in fact, request a government jet for him and his wife to travel on their honeymoon to France, Scotland, and Italy this summer, ABC News reports.

According to ABC, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, lashed out at the absurd request.

“You don’t need a giant rulebook of government requirements to just say yourself, ‘This is common sense, it’s wrong,’” Wyden said. “That’s just slap your forehead stuff.”

Mnuchin and Linton have also come under fire for allegedly using a U.S. Air Force jet – which comes at a cost of $25,000 per hour to operate – to view the solar eclipse last month in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which falls within the “line of totality,” where the eclipse could be best experienced.

Mnuchin, an independently wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, have also come under fire for allegedly using a U.S. Air Force jet – which comes at a cost of $25,000 per hour to operate – to view the solar eclipse last month in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which falls within the “line of totality,” where the eclipse could be best experienced.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General has launched official “inquiries” into both the Kentucky trip and the honeymoon travel request, ABC reported.

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