Louise Linton, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's Wife, Apologizes For Instagram Rant

by Ben Pena August 26, 2017, 1:01
Louise Linton, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's Wife, Apologizes For Instagram Rant

The trip was pushed into the spotlight after Linton, a Scottish actress who married Mnuchin this summer, posted the photo of herself draped in designer fashions, which she individually identified by brand, as she stepped off the government plane. That led to an Instagram spat with Jenni Miller, an OR mom who was offended by Linton's post, writing in response, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway".

By the Treasury's account of events, Mnuchin took Linton with him to Fort Knox, KY, where he met Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss tax cuts and tour the compound's gold vaults.

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.

But Treasury officials said Thursday that the trip was planned explicitly around "official government travel", rejecting the idea that the Fort Knox visit and the appearance at a luncheon for the local chamber of commerce were mere cover. After a woman named Jennifer Miller posted a critical comment about the post, Linton defended the couple's luxurious lifestyle by posting a lengthy comment full of classist attacks against Miller.

'Adorable! Do you think the US Govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?'

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit that investigates governmental abuse of power, has already submitted an expedited request for copies of all records regarding the Mnuchins' trip to Kentucky, suggesting it was all a ruse to get a better view of the eclipse - a charge the Treasury Department denies.

"My friends and family will tell you that I have a big heart and am very caring, but that I'm also snarky and unafraid to call things like I see them".

A Treasury Department spokesperson said Mr Mnuchin and Mrs Linton are reimbursing the government for her travel, and she received no compensation from the fashion labels. "Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?"

"Just seemed ridiculous and quite frankly offended me as someone who paid for part of their trip", Miller told CNN.

Miller, a full-time health care product manager and volunteer for her son's Boy Scout troop, does not regret calling Linton deplorable in her post, writing that Linton's response only further proved her privilege. Linton's publicist later issued her "apology", which was anything but honest and genuine.

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