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Mnuchin: Request for government plane 'purely about national security'

15 September, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaking at the 2017 Delivering Alpha conference in New York on Sept. 12 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the request for use of a government plane on his honeymoon was for national security reasons. Though the Treasury secretary later said he'd reimburse taxpayers for the cost of the excursion, the cabinet department's inspector general is reportedly examining what transpired. Once the department found a different way to ensure secure communication, the request was withdrawn. It's wrong. Reporter: But it was just a few weeks after the honeymoon that mnuchin and his wife did fly on a government jet to Kentucky on an official trip, where among other events, they viewed the solar eclipse. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, told ABC News on Wednesday. Many Republicans were upset the debt ceiling was increased again, but Mnuchin said he needed that money to keep the government open. "That's just slap your forehead stuff".

A Treasury representative said the office considered the utilization of a military flying machine among a scope of choices due to the need to guarantee secure interchanges amid Mr Mnuchin's broadened travel. A former Treasury official said that even for official business, use of a government jet would be highly unusual for a Treasury Secretary, no less for private travel.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) met with Mnuchin during that trip and tweeted a photo of them watching the eclipse together, complete with proper eyewear.

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.

Ms Linton drew attention to that trip after posting a photo online of herself and her husband exiting a U.S. government plane jet.

The Trump administration is targeting an effective tax-rate hike on hedge funds and some accounting firms as part of a broader overhaul of the United States tax system, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Tuesday at an industry conference. "We can pay for these tax cuts with economic growth".

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".

This isn't the first time questions have been asked about Mnuchin and government resources.

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