"So let me just set the record straight, first of all, the government has never paid for any of my personal travel".
"It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft", a department spokesman said.
The Treasury Department also said Thursday that Mnuchin requested a government plane so he could access secure communications.
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He was at it again on Thursday when, in a conversation with Politico's Ben White, he took himself out of the frying pan and jumped right into the fire when trying to knock down reports that he had used a government plane to fly to Kentucky to see the solar eclipse. 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.
The attention to his aircraft is the latest in a period of turbulence for Mnuchin and Linton, who was criticized for the online shaming of an OR woman who questioned her Instagram flaunting after the Kentucky trip. I was like, the eclipse?
Government planes are typically reserved for Cabinet members and those with direct involvement in matter of national security, according to ABC.
When a commentator criticised her for using taxpayers' money for the getaway, Ms Linton responded telling the woman to "chill out".
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Linton later apologized for her comments.
The Kentucky trip sparked controversy after Mnuchin's wife posted a photo on Instagram that showed Mnuchin and Linton stepping off the government jet.
Mnuchin faced criticism after reports that he wanted a USA aircraft to ferry him and his bride Louise Linton to travel to Scotland, France and Italy last month.
"Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours", Linton wrote back.
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