Even Steve Mnuchin's High School Classmates Want Him to Resign

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speaks about the situation in Venezuela

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.

Revelations about the request prompted a backlash, with the director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington saying Mr Mnuchin can not "be expecting taxpayers to foot the bill for a Hollywood lifestyle".

"I've never asked the government to pay for my personal travel, and this was purely about alternatives of how I'd be able to be involved for national security".

The Treasury Secretary said: "I probably spend around 50 per cent of my time on national security issues". "I've known him a very long time".

Mnuchin said that he canceled his request for the plane after he found another solution for accessing secure communications.

"This was something that, again, we just considered amongst other things", Mnuchin said at another point.

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"I didn't use a government plane on my honeymoon, and if I had I would have paid for it myself".

Government planes are typically reserved for Cabinet members and those with direct involvement in matter of national security, according to ABC.

Mnuchin's governmental flight to Kentucky raised eyebrows in August after Louise Linton, his wife, posted an Instagram picture of herself getting off the plane and tagged the designers that she was wearing. The Treasury has said it is looking into requests for use of government aircraft after the trip drew criticism. A commenter snarked at her for the trip.

Mnuchin faced criticism after reports that he wanted a US aircraft to ferry him and his bride Louise Linton to travel to Scotland, France and Italy last month.

"Aw! Did you think this was a personal trip?!"

"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 wrote back. (Linton later apologized for her reaction after making her account private, calling her response "condescending").

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