Mnuchin and wife viewed eclipse from Fort Knox: report

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, actress Lousie Linton, watched a part of this week’s eclipse from Fort Knox in Kentucky, according to a report by The Washington Post.
According to the report, the couple watched part of the eclipse just outside the path of totality alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who posted a photo to Facebook showing himself and Mnuchin at the U.S. Bullion Repository.
McConnell’s post originally read that he and Mnuchin watched the eclipse from the rooftop, but the photo’s caption was later changed.
According to a Treasury Department spokesperson, the couple did not watch the full eclipse and were already visiting Fort Knox at the time to discuss tax reform with McConnell and business leaders.
“The facts remain that the Secretary was on official government travel in Kentucky where he and Leader McConnell met with members of the business community to discuss tax reform. The Secretary and Leader McConnell were joined by Governor Bevin, Congressman Guthrie and U.S. Treasurer Carranza for a visit to the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox,” the statement read.{mosads}
“Not only did the group not watch the eclipse from the roof, the eclipse did not even factor in the travel decision,” the statement continued. “In fact the Mint staff had originally suggested that the delegation watch the eclipse from the roof but the Secretary specifically canceled that part of the tour. They watched it briefly from outside before they entered (prior to the actual time of full eclipse).” 
The news comes after the watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records detailing the costs of Mnuchin’s trip in a government plane.{mosads}
Linton drew attention to the trip on social media earlier this week when she posted a photo with a description of her designer outfit that included the government plane in the background.

One Instagram user scoffed at the pic, saying, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.” 

“Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours,” Linton replied. “You’re adorably out of touch.”

She later apologized for the comments.  

Updated 1:30 p.m.

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