Treasury Secretary Steve Mnucchin on Thursday admitted that he had requested a government plan to travel to Europe for his honeymoon, but said he did so because he needed access to secure communications while overseas.
“I’m very sensitive to the use of government funds,” Mnuchin said Thursday at a Politico event. “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 he cancelled his request after he found another way to have secure communications.
The Treasury department also backed up Mnuchin’s claim.
“It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft,” a spokesman for the treasury department said in a statement.