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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself in hot water over government travel for the second time in weeks, after ABC News reported that he requested use of a US Air Force jet for his honeymoon.
According to ABC News' sources, Mnuchin's request for government transport could have cost around $25,000 per hour. The request was later scrapped after consideration by Treasury Department officials.
A spokesman for the department said the request stemmed from concerns about Mnuchin maintaining a secure line of communication with the US governement while he was away.
"The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence," the spokesman said in a statement to ABC. "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."
Sources also said that Mnuchin's request initiated an "inquiry" by the department's Inspector General.
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How could anyone—let alone a man worth $300m—think it's ok to ask taxpayers for an Air Force jet for his honeymoon? https://t.co/GAmwbkflOU
#Mnuchin tried to get an Air Force jet for his honeymoon. You can't make these people up. What scumbags.
Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin requested an Air Force jet (which costs $25,000/hour to operate) for his European hone… https://t.co/iYooMjTupI
US Treasury Chief Sought $25,000 An Hour Air Force Jet For His Honeymoon https://t.co/ZiyyNONjK8 https://t.co/KYfZItyVxL
RT @howardfineman: #Mnuchin tried to get an Air Force jet for his honeymoon. You can't make these people up. What scumbags.