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

16 September, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • “People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously. 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 Treasury Department also said Thursday that Mnuchin requested a government plane so he could access secure communications.

Revelations about the request prompted a backlash, with the director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington saying Mr Mnuchin can not "be expecting taxpayers to foot the bill for a Hollywood lifestyle". I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel.

The Treasury Secretary said: "I probably spend around 50 per cent of my time on national security issues".

I mention all of this so that, the next time anyone from this administration talks about the "culture of entitlement" that holds back poorer Americans, you can laugh in their face.

Mnuchin said as a member of the president's National Security Council he needed a secure communication link with Washington and his staff put in a request for use of an Air Force jet for his honeymoon trip with his wife Louise Linton to Scotland, France and Italy.

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"We all grew up in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world", they wrote. "Let me be clear: I'm very sensitive to the use of government funds", he said.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, a villainous Wall Street muppet from a 1980s Jim Henson film, continues to draw criticism for his use of a government plane to fly to Fort Knox, Kentucky on a trip that included a viewing of the solar eclipse.

Treasury's Office of Inspector General, however, confirmed Thursday that it was looking into "all requests for and use of government aircraft" at Treasury.

Linton responded by belittling the woman in a series of comments and even mentioned her honeymoon. Linton posted a photo of herself and her husband stepping off a government jet and wrote, "Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" Did you think this was a personal trip?!

It has been quite a few weeks for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours".

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