That’s plane outrageous.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said.
Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC.
The request for the U.S. Air Force jet, which could have cost around $ 25,000 every hour, is being reviewed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, the sources said.
A spokesperson for the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council was concerned about maintaining a secure method of communication during his travel.
The request was eventually deemed unnecessary when it became apparent he could access secure communication through other means, the spokesperson said.
The Inspector General is already reviewing Linton and Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky on August 21 after a government watchdog group questioned whether it was planned around viewing the solar eclipse from just outside to path of totality.
A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.
When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, left a comment calling the 36-year-old “deplorable”, Linton went on the offensive in a long-winded tirade that branded her “adorably out of touch”.
Linton later apologized, and a Treasury spokesperson defended Mnuchin, saying he obtained the appropriate approval for the official visit and reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel.
It is unusual for White House officials to travel on military aircraft unless they deal directly with national security.