Mnuchin asked to use government jet for honeymoon

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requested the use of a government jet for his honeymoon in Europe earlier this year, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Another former senior Treasury official who worked closely with Mnuchin's predecessor, Secretary Jack Lew, said it would have been "exceedingly rare" for Secretary Lew to use military aircraft for official business.

The request is especially eyebrow raising after Mnuchin's now-wife, Louise Linton, posted a photo of her and her husband disembarking from a government jet after a trip to Kentucky in August.

The Treasury spokesperson said it was "imperative" that Mnuchin, who is a member of the National Security Council and directly involved with national security issues tied to North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela, could communicate securely.

The White House says President Donald Trump's dinner with Republican and Democratic senators to talk taxes was "highly productive" and will "spur constructive discussion".

A Republican close to the tax-reform effort said Mnuchin has had several similar awkward moments during private meetings on tax reform.

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Mnuchin's trip raised suspicion and his wife, Louise Linton, lashed out at a commenter on her Instagram post that showcased the couple deboarding a government plane in Lexington. She called out the designer brands she was wearing, then responded to an Instagram user with a long-winded comment defending her use of the jet and Mnuchin's contributions to the country. The claim was eventually pulled when they realized using the plane, which reportedly can cost $25,000 an hour to operate, was completely unnecessary.

Ryan said Wednesday that after the tax draft is released the week of September 25 a detailed version will be readied in hopes of action by the House later this fall. "Do you think the U.S. Government paid for our honeymoon or personal travel? Lol".

A key topic of discussion is Trumps push for Congress to send him a bill to cut taxes for corporations and individuals.

When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from OR, 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".

Treasury secretaries in the past two decades have typically traveled on commercial airlines for domestic travel and have occasionally taken government aircraft on overseas trips to help facilitate their schedules or to account for security precautions.

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