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Mnuchin: I had no interest in eclipse because 'I'm a New Yorker'

Mnuchin: I had no interest in eclipse because 'I'm a New Yorker'

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Mnuchin had requested the use of a government plane for his and Linton's honeymoon. Being a New Yorker ...

"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".

Mr Mnuchin said his staff withdrew the request after finding another way to ensure he could communicate securely.

A spokesman for the Treasury Department told ABC News that the secretary requested government travel for his honeymoon out of a concern for maintaining a secure method of communication.

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. "Really? I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse".

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Treasury officials defended the trip as "official government travel", the Washington Post reported. The Treasury has said it is looking into requests for use of government aircraft after the trip drew criticism.

"We all grew up in one of the most culturally and racially diverse cities in the world", they wrote.

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. That's the one that led his very bad wife Louise Linton to poor shame a mother of three on Instagram for calling out her touting of high-end fashion brands while ostensibly on government business, just like any hard-working American would do!

"Aw! Did you think this was a personal trip?!"

Last year, Ms Linton deleted her Twitter account after her memoir of a gap year spent in Zambia sparked outrage for including major factual inaccuracies. "I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did".