President Trump’s Treasury secretary requested a government jet for ferrying him and his wife on their European honeymoon earlier this summer, sources told ABC News.
Officials familiar with the matter told ABC News Wednesday that the request was put in writing by Steven Mnuchin’s office.
Treasury Department officials ultimately deemed Mnuchin’s request unnecessary after further review.
An agency spokesman told ABC News that Mnuchin sought government travel out of concern for keeping a secure method of communication on his honeymoon.
“The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,” they said in a statement.
“It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure that he has those capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft.”
The Treasury spokesperson added that Mnuchin’s office eventually ruled his request was “unnecessary” after it became clear other means of communicating securely were available.
Some Twitter users on Thursday criticized Mnuchin for seeking a government plane for his travels through France, Italy and Scotland.
Where th Hell is Congress??— Green21 (@Privace12) September 14, 2017
treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ask the possibility of using a government jet for his European honeymoon
An Air Force spokesman told ABC News that the jet Mnuchin requested would cost approximately $25,000 per hour to operate.
Mnuchin, who is an independently wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, married Scottish actress and model Louise Linton in June.
An official within Treasury’s Office of Inspector General on Wednesday said it has begun an official “inquiry” into Mnuchin’s honeymoon request.
The inspector general is also reviewing if Mnuchin improperly used a government jet to visit Louisville and Fort Know, Kentucky last month for a prime view of the solar eclipse.
Mnuchin’s office denied the trip was eclipse-related, arguing it was so he could attend tax reform meetings there instead.
Treasury has also vowed the Mnuchins would reimburse the federal government for Linton’s travel costs during the trek.
Linton sparked outrage last month when she attacked an Instagram user who mockingly said she was "glad we could pay for your little getaway" in Kentucky.
"Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!" she wrote. "Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol."
"Have you given more to the economy than me or my husband?" Linton added. "Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours."