U.S Politics: Steve Mnuchin reportedly wanted to use a US Air Force jet for his honeymoon

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself
in hot water over government travel for the second time in weeks, after
ABC News reported that he requested use of a US Air Force jet for his
honeymoon.

According to ABC News’ sources, Mnuchin’s request for government
transport could have cost around $25,000 per hour. The request was later
scrapped after consideration by Treasury Department officials.

A spokesman for the department said the request stemmed from concerns
about Mnuchin maintaining a secure line of communication with the US
governement while he was away.

“The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has
responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,”
the spokesman said in a statement to ABC. “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.”

Sources also said that Mnuchin’s request initiated an “inquiry” by the department’s Inspector General.

“You don’t need a giant rulebook of government requirements to just
say yourself, ‘This is common sense, it’s wrong,” Sen. Ron Wyden of
Oregon, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told ABC News. “That’s
just slap-your-forehead stuff.”

Mnuchin previously received negative attention in late August, after his wife, Louise Linton, made passive-aggressive remarks
to an Instagram user who criticized a picture that showed her and
Mnuchin stepping off of a government jet during a trip to Kentucky. The
inspector general was also reviewing that trip to determine if Mnuchin
used it as cover to watch the solar eclipse.

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