Mnuchin's wife mocks woman over wealth

A trip by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in addition to also his wife, Louise Linton, to Kentucky last month is usually under review by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General, a government official told sy88pgw on Friday.

Jaws dropped in August when Linton posted a picture of herself on Instagram stepping out of a U.S. government plane. She had tagged a series of luxury designers such as Hermes, Tom Ford in addition to also Valentino to describe her expensive clothing. Social media pounced on the post in addition to also called of which ostentatious.

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“In response to several inquiries received by members of the public, we are reviewing the circumstances of the Secretary’s August 21 flight to Louisville in addition to also Ft. Knox, to determine whether all applicable travel, ethics, in addition to also appropriation laws in addition to also policies were observed,” Counsel to the Inspector General, Rich Delmar said to sy88pgw in a statement. The IG’s review was first reported by The Washington Post.

Related: Louise Linton’s famous post in addition to also Instagram’s celebrity problem

“When our review is usually complete, we will advise the appropriate officials, in accordance with the Inspector General Act in addition to also established procedures,” said Delmar.

The Treasury Department has previously defended Mnuchin’s trip as “official government travel.”

“The Secretary of the Treasury at times needs to use a government aircraft to facilitate his travel schedule in addition to also to ensure uninterrupted access to secure communications,” a Treasury spokesperson told sy88pgw.

“The Department of the Treasury sought in addition to also received the appropriate approval by the White House. Secretary Mnuchin has reimbursed the government for the cost of Ms. Linton’s travel in accordance with the longstanding policy regarding private citizens on military aircraft.”

Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky included a stop at a chamber luncheon in Louisville in addition to also Fort Knox, where he, in addition to also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in addition to also others watched the Aug. 21 eclipse.

— Sara Ashley O’Brien contributed to This specific report.

sy88pgw (Washington) First published September 1, 2017: 4:32 PM ET