Mulvaney travels to Middle East: report

Mulvaney travels to Middle East: report
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White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Trump pick to head watchdog agency is who consumers need Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE is on business in the Middle East, where he's meeting with area leaders and visiting military installations in the region.

Politico Playbook reported Tuesday that Mulvaney, who also serves as interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, spoke to the American Business Council Dubai over the weekend.

"Director Mulvaney is traveling on official business to the Middle East. He will visit troops stationed overseas, review assets, and meet with locally based American business leaders," Coalter Baker, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, told Playbook.

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"He is accompanied on the trip with three staff and arrived on Saturday via commercial airline travel in coach."

According to Playbook, Mulvaney is joined by his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff on the trip, but not his family.

Mulvaney's trip — and his decision to fly coach — comes as Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Court rejects new effort to stop kids' climate lawsuit | Baltimore is latest city to sue over climate change | EPA staffers worried about toxic chemical in Pruitt's desk Pruitt staffers worried about toxic chemical in his desk Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland MORE, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is the latest Trump Cabinet members to face scrutiny for his use of first-class and business-class flights.

Pruitt postponed a planned trip to Israel over the weekend after The Washington Post reported that he had racked up thousands of dollars in travel expenses by taking first-class and business-class flights to conferences and other engagements.

Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader that the flights were dictated by security concerns, and that he has had previous interactions on airplanes that have "not been the best."