Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday acknowledged that he did initially request a government plane to travel to his honeymoon in Europe, but he said he only did so because he needed access to secure communications while overseas.
Mnuchin's office has also strongly denied that the secretary's opportunity to watch the solar eclipse within the so-called "path of totality" factored into his decision to visit Kentucky at that time, which included meetings on tax reform and a tour of Fort Knox.
Mnuchin defended that decision on Thursday, arguing the reason he even broached the idea was because he wanted to ensure he had a secure communications channel if he was needed while on vacation.
Mr Mnuchin's travel was already under review after accusations he used a Government-owned plane to travel to Kentucky in August to view the solar eclipse. "Being a New Yorker, I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse", Mnuchin said Thursday at a conference sponsored by Politico.
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.
Aside from the President and Vice President, travel on military aircraft is typically reserved for cabinet members who deal directly with national security, such as the Secretaries of Defense and State.
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"This was something that, again, we just considered amongst other things", Mnuchin said at another point.
When a commentator criticised her for using taxpayers' money for the getaway, Ms Linton responded telling the woman to "chill out".
Linton drew huge amounts of negative attention when, emerging from that flight to Kentucky, she posted an Instagram picture of her outfit - tagging a number of her favorite designers.
"Aw! Did you think this was a personal trip?!"
Mnuchin - and his wife, Louise Linton - have been on quite a run of late.
Louise Linton was criticized for shaming an OR woman after an Instagram post.