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Mnuchin says he had no interest in eclipse, 'being a New Yorker'

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Lillian Steele | 16 September, 2017, 01:14

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the Trump administration's upcoming tax plan will not be aimed at lowering income taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Treasury has said that Mnuchin's trip, which included a stop to watch the total solar eclipse with Sen.

"So let me just set the record straight, first of all, the government has never paid for any of my personal travel".

"At the time my staff wanted to make sure that I constantly had access to secure communication and secure information", he said, adding that he would be able to use the plane like a "portable office" when dealing with crises such as North Korea.

The department defended Mnuchin, saying he requested the plane so he could keep in contact with government officials while he was away.

"It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft", a spokesman for the department said in a statement. I was like, the eclipse?

The attention to his aircraft is the latest in a period of turbulence for Mnuchin and Linton, who was criticized for the online shaming of an OR woman who questioned her Instagram flaunting after the Kentucky trip.

The former Goldman Sachs banker reportedly requested the use of a US Air force jet during his honeymoon to France, Italy and Scotland.

"We all grew up in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world", they wrote. A commenter snarked at her for the trip.

Linton later apologized for her comments.

Linton's social media misstep featured a posted a photo boasting about her designer accessories, followed by Marie Antoinette-like attack on the online OR critic she chided as "adorably out of touch".

Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton were married in June in a ceremony conducted by Vice President Mike Pence and attended by President Donald Trump and a number of members of Trump's Cabinet. Did you think this was a personal trip?!

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