Treasury secretary Mnuchin stood atop Fort Knox to view the eclipse
- Author: Rita Burton Aug 26, 2017,
Aug 26, 2017, 1:02
It turns out that Mnuchin did view the eclipse while he was in Kentucky, and from an extraordinary place: Just outside the path of totality, from the roof of the nation's fabled Fort Knox, atop almost $200 billion in American gold.
The group argues that although Mnuchin "purportedly" traveled to Kentucky for a luncheon, the trip "seems to have been planned around the solar eclipse and to enable the secretary to secure a viewpoint in the path of the eclipse's totality".
(It's worth noting that the photo got a fair amount of "Angry" responses.) When asked about the coincidence of being at Fort Knox on August 21, McConnell said it was just an added bonus and that "Kentucky was the best place to see it, hands down".
Traveling to view the eclipse's path of totality would ordinarily be benign, if Mnuchin had personally financed the trip. Linton snapped back, calling the commenter "adorably out of touch".
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife grabbed the media's attention earlier this week after posting a photo to Instagram of her and her husband descending from an Air Force jet clad in hashtagged designer clothing.
According to the Treasury, Mnuchin's objective in Kentucky was to join Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Greater Louisville Inc. luncheon for the local chamber of commerce, an event that was scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m, according to The Washington Post.
Even if Linton and Mnuchin's use of the plane had nothing to do with seeing the near-total eclipse from the roof of Fort Knox, the trip raises questions, as the spouses of cabinet members have not historically traveled on government planes for domestic trips. Adorable! Do you think the United States govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?!More news: Join Us at this LINKS Subscriber Event! | LINKS Magazine
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Also, Treasury said Mnuchin is reimbursing the government for his wife's travel, which is a long-standing policy when civilians travel on military aircraft.
Designers have responded by insisting Mrs Linton, married to former hedge fund manager Steve Mnuchin, received no benefit for mentioning them.
One user, handle Jennimiller29, commented on the post, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable".
The little-known actress later apologised through a publicist, saying "it was inappropriate and highly insensitive".
Amid a mounting backlash, Linton apologized Tuesday and changed her Instagram account to private.