Transcript for Treasury Secretary Mnuchin requested use of government jet for honeymoon
Mary Bruce, thank you. We turn next, meantime, to a new controversy for president trump's treasury secretary. You might remember the last controversy sparked by this photo, his wife posted it on Instagram, showing the couple stepping off a government plane in which she tagged all of her high end designer labels she was wearing in the photo. Well, tonight, there are reports the treasury secretary asked to take a government plane on his overseas honeymoon. Here's ABC's chief investigative correspondent, Brian Ross. Reporter: Newly married this past summer, multimillionaire treasury secretary Stephen mnuchin form little requested that he and his new wife, Louise, regularly seen in designer cloepts with purposes at $10,000 plus, be allowed to travel in style in a government jet on their honeymoon to Europe. At an estimated price of $25,000 an hour, it would have cost tax payers several hundred thousand dollars. They can't be expecting tax payers to foot the bill for a Hollywood lifestyle. Reporter: And after treasury officials say they raised the issue of how it would look for a man worth at least3 $00 million to travel at tax payerls expense on a personal trip, mnuchin found another way to get to Europe on his own dime. In response to an ABC news question about the honeymoon trip, a treasury spokesperson said, the secretary needs access to secure communications, but the secretary's office determined it was unnecessary to use military aircraft when alternatives were found. You don't need a giant rulebook of government requirements. You can just say to yourself, this is common sense. It's wrong. Reporter: But it was just a few weeks after the honeymoon that mnuchin and his wife did fly on a government jet to Kentucky on an official trip, where among other events, they viewed the solar eclipse. She famously posted this photo, adding hash tacks for items in her expensive outfit, and this response to critics. "Do you think the U.S. Government paid for our honeymoon or personal travel? Lol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my his?" Louise is an actress, appearing in this episode of the CBS show "CSI" dressed as Marie Antoinette, the French royal best knownsaying, "Let them eat cake." And Brian Ross live with us tonight. I want to go back to what you reported on the social media comments. Did Louise actually say, "Do you think the U.S. Government paid for our honeymoon or personal travel, lol?" Reporter: Yes, David, she did. And she later apologized. Now, the inspector general is taking a look at the circumstances surrounding all of the secretary's travel on government aircraft. David? Our chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross
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