Mnuchin And Wife Mocked For Posing With Sheet Of Money (Photos)

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Photos of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, posing with a sheet of brand new dollar bills have sparked online mockery and new criticisms that the couple are out of touch. 

The photos were taken on Nov. 15 while Mnuchin, Linton and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post. 

During the tour, Mnuchin was presented with a sheet of brand new dollar bills, the first wave of bills featuring his signature to enter circulation. 

Mnuchin and Linton held up the sheet for a photo some called tone-deaf.

"Only way this could be worse would be if Linton and Mnuchin were lighting cigars with flaming dollar bills," writer James Surowiecki wrote, according to the Post. 

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"Just a friendly reminder that the GOP wants to raise taxes on the middle class & take health insurance away from millions of Americans so people like Louise Linton and Steven Mnuchin can get a tax cut," wrote one Twitter commenter, according to the Post. 

Other commenters poked fun at Linton's attire, pointing out that her black coat, belt and leather gloves were eerily similar to the outfits worn by Kylo Ren and Darth Maul, two antagonists from the "Star Wars" movie series. 

The Twitter account for the website The Smoking Gun posted the photo of Mnuchin and Linton and tagged several high-fashion brands, referencing Linton's infamous Instagram post from August 2017. 

In August, Linton uploaded a photo of her and Mnuchin getting off a government plane and tagged various fashion brands she was wearing in the picture. When a commenter called her out for tagging the brands, Linton responded by flaunting her wealth and insulting the commenter. 

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"Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!" she wrote, according to The Guardian. "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 towards our day 'trip' than you did," Linton continued. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours." 

The couple's use of public funds was previously criticized after Mnuchin requested a government jet to use during his European honeymoon. Mnuchin and Linton were married in June, according to The Guardian. 

Sources: The Washington Post, The Guardian (2) / Featured Image: Vice President Mike Pence/Twitter via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Jacquelyn Martin/The Associated Press via The Guardian, Alan Sandoval/Twitter

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