Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin racked up almost $1 million in military flights in 2009 at taxpayers\’ expense, according to a completely new report.
In a report issued Thursday, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which investigated Mnuchin\’s travels through Freedom of info Act requests, found Mnuchin took eight separate trips on military aircraft between spring and fall 2017.
The group criticized Mnuchin for apparently making without trying to schedule commercial flights or smaller military planes.
\”The public is still equipped with no reasonable explanation for why Secretary Mnuchin apparently never used commercial aircraft, while his predecessors did; why his travel isn\’t designed to minimize costs by, for instance, scheduling confidential calls while he is not on a short domestic flight; or why he needs military aircraft which can accommodate 120 passengers when his travel manifests contain far fewer names,\” the report said.
Mnuchin\’s travel expenses have come under fire previously, such as a trip with his wife in August where they watched the solar eclipse with the rooftop of Fort Knox, Ky., and a request – which was later withdrawn – to utilize a military jet for their honeymoon in Europe.
The Treasury Department\’s inspector general investigated Mnuchin\’s use of military aircraft, and in October said his travel violated no laws.
The watchdog report Thursday noted that previous Treasury secretaries have generally flown commercial.
A quantity of other Trump administration Cabinet members have already been criticized for their lavish spending, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, having been investigated for his use of expensive charter flights; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, whose office recently canceled a $31,000 dinning-room trying to find his office; and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who resigned in September after accruing about $1 million in charter flights at taxpayers\’ expense.