Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin is a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and is reportedly extremely wealthy. And yet he seems to be the kind of rich person who is incredibly cheap, the sort who tries to get other people to pick up the check for his own expenses. Maybe that behavior works when he has dinner out with friends but he seems to be trying to do that to taxpayers too.
He is already under an investigation for being suspected of using a government plane to travel to see the total eclipse, using the excuse of a meeting that he had to attend. That trip came under scrutiny because of his wife Louise Linton’s flaunting of her designer clothing and her condescending response to someone who called her out on it.
Now comes reports that Mnuchin had requested a government plane to take him and his wife on their honeymoon to Scotland, France, and Italy earlier this summer.
Officials familiar with the matter say the highly unusual ask for a U.S. Air Force jet, which according to an Air Force spokesman could cost roughly $25,000 per hour to operate, was put in writing by the secretary’s office but eventually deemed unnecessary after further consideration of by Treasury Department officials.
Mnuchin, an independently wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, has already triggered a review of his travel for using government jet to travel to Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky last month. The inspector general is reviewing whether he improperly used that trip to catch a prime view of the solar eclipse with his wife, a Scottish actress and model named Louise Linton.
Mnuchin’s office denied he took that trip to watch the eclipse and said he was there to attend meetings on tax reform, and the Treasury Department said the Mnuchins would reimburse the government for Linton’s travel costs.
An official within The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General said that in addition to reviewing the Kentucky trip, it has started an official “inquiry” into Mnuchin’s honeymoon travel request.
That some extremely wealthy people are also extremely cheap in not a surprise. What is a surprise is that they could be so oblivious as to expect that red flags would not be raised when they try to stick taxpayers with the bill for their expensive lifestyles. In addition to being cheap, Mnuchin seems to be also somewhat stupid.