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Steve Mnuchin Defends Gov. Jet Use by Claiming New Yorkers Don’t Care About Solar Eclipses

Fresh off requesting a U.S. government jet for his honeymoon, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is in damage control mode, and it’s not going so well.

Mnuchin defended his request of a government plane — for a honeymoon trip with his actress wife Louise Linton to Scotland, France and Italy — as a matter of national security at a Politico conference on Thursday.

Mnuchin also addressed the controversy in a tweet, calling allegations he used a government jet on his honeymoon “#FakeNews”:

Of course, the reports actually said that he had “requested” a government plane, not that he ended up using one.

In the Politico conference, he was also asked whether he used a government jet for a trip to Kentucky with his wife to watch the solar eclipse, and Mnuchin declared that as a New Yorker, he did not care for the celestial spectacle:

“You know, people in Kentucky took this stuff very serious,” he said at the conference. “Being a New Yorker and (living for a time in) California, I was like, the eclipse? Really? I don’t have any interest in watching the eclipse.”

But then why did Mnuchin bother to see the eclipse, which he viewed alongside his wife in Kentucky? Because the multi-millionaire wanted to see Fort Knox, where the U.S. keeps a ton of gold.

“We went to see Fort Knox,” he explained. “Fort Knox is a symbol of the economic might of our country.”

And Mnuchin’s dismissal of the solar eclipse as a petty spectacle for red state rubes was met with a heady dose of mockery on social media:

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