The fallout from former Goldman Sachs investment banker turned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife continues to grow as media speculates whether the couple used a government-funded jet to zip down to Fort Knox to see the eclipse.
Louise Linton was first blasted for her Instagram post promoting her thousands of dollars of brand-name clothing and accessories. She was then further blasted after her tone-deaf response to being called out for it. She has since apologized, but now, photos reveal Senate Leader Mitch McConnell pictured with Mnuchin holding eclipse glasses. The couple watched the eclipse on the roof of Fort Knox, which was within the zone of totality.
“So, they were standing on top of $200 billion worth in gold, watching the eclipse,” CNN host Jake Tapper said. “Bill, I’ve said this before, but I liked when Donald Trump, during the campaign talked about the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. I understand why people voted for him, they thought he would stand up for them and they felt cheated in trade deals and such. But this is just something else. This is not keeping with the message at all.”
Guest Bill Weir agreed saying that Mnuchin made a big to-do about the fact that he was one of only three Treasury Secretaries to visit Fort Knox and go into the vault.
“Which sort of proves the point you don’t need to go there,” Weir said. “There is no good reason to go there. You saw in the picture Mitch McConnell holding his eclipse glasses there, and so much was made about the idea, was this an excuse in order to get under the path of totality there as well. That plus the Instagram tagging of Hermes and Valentino, I don’t know how that helps economic anxiety.”
Watch the full exchange below: