A smiling Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife basked in the glow of new money Wednesday — even as the Republican’s proposed tax reform bill took a drubbing.
Mnuchin and his stylish bride Louise Linton set Twitter afire when they posed with a sheet of freshly-printed $ 1 bills — all featuring his signature.
Linton, whose love for showcasing her couture clothes has gotten her into trouble before, wore a black shirt over a black leather skirt — cinched at the waist with a black leather belt — with black leather gloves for the photo op at the the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in D.C.
She gazed adoringly at a grinning Mnuchin in one snap as he held up the bills. In another, Linton stared deeply into the camera, her black-leather hand cupping her husband’s as they display the sheet of money.
“Please tell me they didn’t use military plane/chartered flight to get there,” tweeted Regina Gate — a nod to the criticism launched at the couple over the summer for using government airplanes.
Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, and his Scotland-born actress wife, landed in hot water Aug. 21 when they took a government jet to Fort Knox on the day of the solar eclipse.
Linton posted an Instagram photo of herself teetering down the aircraft steps and listed all the designer labels she sported in the picture. After a commenter criticized her, Linton fired back that the woman had less money than her and was “adorably out of touch.”
The Marie Antoinette moment thrust Mnuchin into the crosshairs of the Treasury Department’s inspector general — who reviewed seven trips taken by the Mnuchin on government planes. The IG found the trips justified the use of a taxpayer funded plane — but warned Mnuchin to do a better job justifying flights on military jets instead of commercial planes.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, with his wife Louise Linton (l.) and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza hold up sheets of new $ 1 bills, the first currency notes bearing Mnuchin and Carranza’s signatures, on at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington.
Money was the also on the mind of Congress on Wednesday as Republicans grappled with tax reform.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson became the first Republican to openly oppose the GOP tax overhaul bill — making it unlikely his party can get the legislation through Congress by Jan. 1.
Johnson said he was against the measure because it helps corporations more than other businesses. Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the full Senate and can afford to lose just two GOP senators and still prevail. Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote.
GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee have expressed concerns about the bill.
U.S. Rep. John Faso, (R-N.Y.), also said he opposed the House version measure.
“I do not believe the current tax bill being considered by the House ensures that New York families will be better off. As such, I will vote no,” he said.