Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton sparking backlash over a recent photo.
Mnuchin and Linton were photographed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Wednesday showing off a sheet of freshly printed single dollar bills with the first of many editions bearing his signature. The two smiled with the money, with Linton holding up one corner of the sheet with gloved fingertips, according to a picture taken by the Associated Press.
The photo circulated across social media, with many calling the couple out of touch with the reality of the country’s financial issues.
“Maybe not the best photo on the eve of vote on a tax bill that’s being attacked for favoring the wealthy?” tweeted conservative commentator Bill Kristol. “If the Democrats were a competent political party, this photo would be in ads in every GOP swing district tomorrow, with a competition for best caption to get voters engaged,” he continued.
The photo emerged one day before a tax reform bill passed a Republican-backed vote.
The duo is familiar with the public following their finances closely. Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Mnuchin requested a government aircraft to transport the pair to a European honeymoon. Although the request was denied, news of the proposal went viral, leading to a government investigation into Mnuchin’s use of government-operated aircrafts.
Linton has also faced angry commenters online about her expensive taste. Many have called the wife of the treasury secretary out of touch with reality because of her many Instagram posts showing off expensive clothes while stepping off government planes.
Earlier this year, Linton responded to one of her critics, arguing that her family had given more to the country than others.
“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 taxed toward our day ‘trip’ than you did,” Linton wrote on Twitter, also calling the woman “adorably out of touch.”