Trea­sury ex­plains Mnuchin’s re­quest

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON— The Trea­sury Department said Thurs­day that a con­cern about se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions is what prompted Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin to in­quire about us­ing a gov­ern­ment plane for his Euro­pean honey­moon in Au­gust.

In a state­ment, the department said the re­quest for a gov­ern­ment plane was with­drawn be­cause a “se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions op­tion was iden­ti­fied” with­out the use of a gov­ern­ment plane. While the department’s of­fice of the in­spec­tor gen­eral said it was look­ing into Mnuchin’s use of gov­ern­ment planes, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he had “to­tal con­fi­dence” in his Trea­sury sec­re­tary.

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