Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies using government plane for personal travel

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At the same Thursday panel, Mnuchin defended himself after a request to use a government plane for his honeymoon gave him a first-class ticket to scandal.

The Treasury Department considered it, he said, because he needed access to secure communications channels while on the trip.

His clarification comes after reports surfaced that he requested a government plane for his honeymoon to Europe.

"Let me just set the record straight". I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel. "This had nothing to do with convenience". Mnuchin said he spends "probably over 50 percent" of his time on national security issues and sanctions and speaks to President Donald Trump and officials such as Defense Secretary James Mattis nearly daily.

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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.

"People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously", he told the Washington Post. "Really? I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse". I was like, the eclipse? Mnuchin was in Kentucky with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to talk about tax policy. His staff has since been able to meet this need by other means, he said.

The controversy and coverage the comment generated led to further scrutiny of the trip to Louisville and Fort Knox on August 21.

Mr Mnuchin, who has amassed a personal fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, married Scottish actress Louise Linton in June. "I've known him a very long time". The Treasury has said it is looking into requests for use of government aircraft after the trip drew criticism. Linton posted a photo of herself and her husband stepping off a government jet and wrote, "Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" In her post, Linton included hashtags of various luxury designers she was wearing, which prompted criticism from an OR mother of three who wrote "glad we could pay for your little getaway". "I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did".

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