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Secretary Mnuchin: My honeymoon is national security issue

Staff Writer | September 15, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has defended asking to use a government plane for his honeymoon travel this summer, claiming his request was “purely a national security issue.”
Steven Mnuchin
America   Mnuchin requested the use of a U.S. Air Force jet
As ABC News reported Wednesday, the former Goldman Sachs banker requested the use of a U.S. Air Force jet during his honeymoon travel in France, Italy and Scotland.

Mnuchin married the Scottish actress Louise Linton in June. According to the report, using such an aircraft could have cost taxpayers as much as $25,000 per hour.

In an interview with Politico Live on Thursday, Mnuchin said his staff made the request so he could have “access to secure communication” throughout his trip.

“This had nothing to do with convenience,” he said. “This was purely a national security issue.”