Honeymoon plane request was about national security - Mnuchin

Honeymoon plane request was about national security - Mnuchin

Honeymoon plane request was about national security - Mnuchin

Mnuchin's comments come after it was revealed that he had requested to use a government plane for his honeymoon earlier this year.

"I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel, and this was purely about alternatives of how I'd be able to be involved for national security".

President Donald Trump is calling Mnuchin a "straight shooter" and saying he has total confidence in him following a report that Mnuchin's use of government planes is being investigated by the Treasury Department's inspector general.

Sanders unveils single-payer bill Trump blocks sale of USA 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. "Being a New Yorker, I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse", Mnuchin said Thursday at a conference sponsored by Politico.

Treasury secretaries in the past have flown commercial on domestic trips but have used Air Force jets on official travel overseas.

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Government planes are typically reserved for Cabinet members and those with direct involvement in matter of national security, according to ABC. "This [using the military jet] was one of the things we explored". A watchdog group sued the federal government for records of Mnuchin's trip on the suspicion of "misuse of government resources". The secretary's office said he was there for meetings about tax reform.

When a commentator criticised her for using taxpayers' money for the getaway, Ms Linton responded telling the woman to "chill out".

The Kentucky trip sparked controversy after Mnuchin's wife posted a photo on Instagram that showed Mnuchin and Linton stepping off the government jet.

Mnuchin - and his wife, Louise Linton - have been on quite a run of late. "I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did". Linton went off. She said, in part: "Cute! Aw!"

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