Louise Linton, wife of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, apologized Tuesday for her boastful Instagram post, and for mocking a woman over her lifestyle and wealth in the comments.


The post, which has now been deleted, featured two photos of Linton and Mnuchin walking off of a government airplane after a trip to Kentucky. She also tagged designers like Tom Ford and Hermes in one of the two photos. “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #usa,” was her chosen caption.

This post drew attention because of the wealth that Linton purposely exhibited. While it is not customary for the spouse of a Cabinet member to accompany said Cabinet member on official business, Linton often does – the Treasury Department has been sure to make it known that the couple reimburse the government for the cost of her seat. Linton, an actress and producer, wed Mnuchin two months ago in a lavish ceremony.

The couple was on a domestic trip, and Treasury secretaries usually fly commercial airlines when traveling domestically. Because of Linton’s photo in front of a plane emblazoned with “United States of America,” it is clear that the couple asked to use a waiver for government plane use.


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One user, handle Jennimiller29, commented on the post, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable.” Linton commented back directly with fiery words. “Cute! 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 and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours. You’re adorably out of touch… Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kid looks very cute. Your life looks cute.

“I know you’re mad but deep down you’re really nice and so am I,” she continued in her tirade. “Sending me passive aggressive Instagram comments isn’t going to make life feel better. Maybe a nice message, one filled with wisdom and hunanity would get more traction. Have a pleasant evening. Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!”

Linton gave a half-hearted apology on Tuesday. “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response,” she is quoted as saying in a statement by her publicist. “It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”

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