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Donald Trump’s Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton on the platform of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, at the swearing-in ceremony of President Donald Trump.
Louise Linton, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife, got into an Instagram fight late Monday after she posted a picture of herself disembarking a government jet, complete with captioned hashtags calling out Tom Ford, Hermes and Valentino.
After returning from a Louisville, Kentucky, trip with her husband — where he pitched tax reform with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — Linton posted the picture after what she called a day trip. She then tagged the designer brands she wore in the photo, including Roland Mouret.
A screenshot of the post can be seen at The New York Times. Linton has since made her Instagram account private.
The Instagram user, Jenni Miller, responded: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
Linton hit back in a long comment, highlighting the couple’s wealth.
“Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol,” Linton wrote.
“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?” she asked. “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.”
She added: “You’re adorably out of touch.”
The comments may not help optics as the Trump administration, led in its efforts by Mnuchin, is pushing for a tax reform package that would likely include major rate cuts for the wealthy.
Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner, has amassed his own personal fortune in finance and as a major Hollywood movie producer.
The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.