Steven Mnuchin requested an Air Force jet for his European honeymoon, report says

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife are making headlines — again.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife are making headlines — again. 

Citing sources, ABC News reported Wednesday that Mnuchin requested a U.S. Air Force jet to take him and his wife, Louise Linton, to France, Italy and Scotland for their summer honeymoon.

The matter, according to ABC News, sparked an inquiry by the Treasury Department’s inspector general.

The former investment banker and movie producer requested a military jet that costs about $25,000 per hour to fly, ABC News reported.

A Treasury Department spokesman told ABC that Mnuchin requested the jet to make sure he had a secure line of communication during the trip, but ultimately decided the request was “unnecessary” after other communication methods were deemed available. 

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

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This isn’t the first time Mnuchin’s travel plans have come under question.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Treasury’s Office inspector general was reviewing the trip he and his wife took to Kentucky at the time of the solar eclipse.

“We are reviewing the circumstances of the Secretary’s August 21 flight . . . to determine whether all applicable travel, ethics, and appropriation laws and policies were observed,” counsel Rich Delmar told The Washington Post last month. “When our review is complete, we will advise the appropriate officials, in accordance with the Inspector General Act and established procedures.”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin watched Monday’s total solar eclipse at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
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