Mnuchin says he had no interest in eclipse, 'being a New Yorker'

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Mnuchin told Politico the Treasury Department considered lending him the government plane so he'd have access to "secure communications channels" while overseas, not so he'd get a trip on the government's dime.

"People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously".

Mnuchin's office has also strongly denied that the secretary's opportunity to watch the solar eclipse within the so-called "path of totality" factored into his decision to visit Kentucky at that time, which included meetings on tax reform and a tour of Fort Knox. Mnuchin said he spends "probably over 50 percent" of his time on national security issues and sanctions and speaks to President Donald Trump and officials such as Defense Secretary James Mattis nearly daily.

"Let me just set the record straight". So, to show that the Trump administration doesn't have cosmopolitan bias, the Treasury Secretary, appointed by the president who lives in a gold tower in Midtown Manhattan, flew on a government plane to watch the eclipse on top of a pile of gold, then said that only simple Kentuckians care about i - not us smart and cool New Yorkers. The Treasury has said it is looking into requests for use of government aircraft after the trip drew criticism.

He said that his staff later decided it was unnecessary and found another means of providing him what he needed.

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Trump told reporters he had "total confidence" in Mnuchin.

"At the time, my staff wanted to make sure that I constantly had access to secure communications and secure information". That's the one that led his bad wife Louise Linton to poor shame a mother of three on Instagram for calling out her touting of high-end fashion brands while ostensibly on government business, just like any hard-working American would do! She later apologized for the post.

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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.

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