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United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks about the situation in Venezuela
Mnuchin's comments come after it was revealed that he had requested to use a government plane for his honeymoon earlier this year.
A group of 184 graduates of Riverdale Country School in New York City wrote a letter to Mnuchin, the New York Times reports, saying, "Like your classmates from Yale, we believe your resignation would be the most honorable choice". "First of all, the government never paid for any of my personal travel", Mnuchin said at a conference sponsored by Politico.
"At the time my staff wanted to make sure that I constantly had access to secure communication and secure information", he said, adding that he would be able to use the plane like a "portable office" when dealing with crises such as North Korea.
(He says it's #FakeNews.) But his love of government planes isn't new-Mnuchin has also been criticized for a trip he and Linton took on a government jet to Kentucky last month, in which they reportedly watched the solar eclipse from Fort Knox.
Both the flight to Kentucky and the honeymoon request are under review by the Treasury Department's inspector general.
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Treasury officials defended the visit as official government travel worthy of a flight aboard an Air Force jet. I was like, the eclipse? "This was one of the things we explored".
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.
Government planes are typically reserved for Cabinet members and those with direct involvement in matter of national security, according to ABC. A commenter snarked at her for the trip.
Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, faced backlash for the trip after Linton posted a photo of her exiting the jet on Instagram, with hashtags identifying the various high-end designers she was wearing.
Mr Mnuchin, who has amassed a personal fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, married Scottish actress Louise Linton in June.
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The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes". The reticulated giraffes are white because of a genetic condition called leucism, which causes a loss of pigmentation.