Treasury: Mnuchin requested plane for secure communications

Honeymoon plane request was about national security – Mnuchin

Honeymoon plane request was about national security – Mnuchin

"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".

Mnuchin defended that decision on Thursday, arguing the reason he even broached the idea was because he wanted to ensure he had a secure communications channel if he was needed while on vacation.

The spokesman added the secretary's office ultimately decided the use of military aircraft was "unnecessary" after it became apparent that other methods for secure communication were available.

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Mnuchin, an independently wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, has already triggered a review of his travel for using government jet to travel to Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky last month.

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Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, faced backlash for the trip after Linton posted a photo of her exiting the jet on Instagram, with hashtags identifying the various high-end designers she was wearing. Did you think this was a personal trip?! Linton went off. She said, in part: "Cute! Aw!" Adorable! Did you think the U.S. govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!

After the Yale alumni told Mr. Mnuchin that he had a moral obligation to quit Mr. Trump's cabinet, Mr. Mnuchin issued a statement denouncing hate, defending the president and refusing to quit. "I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did".

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