Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Six Trump cabinet members charged you for 71 chartered and military flights

Six Trump cabinet members charged you for 71 chartered and military flights

The Treasury report said Mnuchin's staff had made nine requests for the use of government aircraft since Mnuchin became Treasury secretary this year, including a request for a government plane this summer for Mnuchin's honeymoon travels to Britain, France and Italy.

The decision came on the heels of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's resignation from office. Five of those chartered flights occurred during the same week and were used for domestic travel between cities ranging from Washington, D.C., to Waterville, Maine. Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, was on that trip and the report said that Mnuchin had reimbursed the government for the cost of her travel although it did not provide details of the amount of the reimbursement.

Mnuchin said on Sunday he did not regret using a government plane for the Kentucky trip, calling it "completely justifiable". The flights so far have cost taxpayers more than $800,000, the report found. For instance, of the seven military flights Mnuchin is known to have taken, each cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has flown on military aircraft seven times since March at a cost of more than $800,000, including a $15,000 round-trip flight to NY to meet with President Trump at Trump Tower, according to the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General.

"I recommend that the OIG advise that future requests be ready to justify government air in greater detail, especially regarding cost comparisons and needs for security and other special factors", OIG counsel Rich Delmar wrote in his report, according to Reuters. It said that Mr. Mnuchin had asked for a Gulfstream 550 military jet in case the runway at Fort Knox was wet and because a plane with "communications capabilities is requested in the event that the secretary's participation on a call during travel arises".

Mnuchin, a multimillionaire and former Goldman Sachs executive, pushed back against criticism from Democrats and watchdog agencies about the trip.

An investigation by the Washington Post shows that in the almost nine months since President Donald Trump took office, his cabinet members have taken 71 military or chartered flights. Linton called the woman "adorably out of touch, suggesting she "chill out" and go watch the new Game of Thrones, and sniffed that she and hubby pay more in taxes than Oregon Mom".

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