Some of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s former underlings think frequent visits to the office by his wife Louise Linton were less than on the money.
A former official griped that Linton considers herself the ‘first lady’ of the Treasury, and would frequently show up at the government building to meet with her husband to plan their 2017 wedding.
Officials who no longer work at Treasury complain that the Scottish actress walk up to the anteroom outside Mnuchin’s office and ask, ‘Where’s my hubsies?’ one of them recalled.
And they’re like, ‘Um, he’s on the phone with the chief finance minister of France, but if we need to interrupt him. . . .’ one former official said in a new profile of Linton in Washingtonian.
FIELD TRIP: Actress Louise Linton says it was a ‘fabulously exciting day’ for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin when he was able to see the first bills bearing his signature. Former officials complained about her visits to the Treasury building
‘It’s just unseemly that she perceives herself as ‘first lady of the Treasury,’ which is not a thing,’ grumbled the first ex-official quoted in the piece, claiming she was around once a week at one point.
‘I’ve worked at Treasury for the last couple of Secretaries, but I never could have identified their wives. They didn’t just wander in,’ said the official.
On one such visit before their June wedding, Linton met Mnuchin ‘so his assistant could notarize their prenup,’ according to the report.
The former movie mogul could be worth an estimated $500 million, Fortune reported last year.
The Treasury Department confirmed Linton’s frequent appearances.
MONEY SHOT: Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury secretary, right, and his wife Louise Linton hold a 2017 50 subject uncut sheet of $1 dollar notes bearing Mnuchin’s name for a photograph at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton arrive for a New Year’s Eve party with U.S. President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 31, 2017
Linton drew ridicule online after she posted an image of a trip she took with her husband aboard a government jet
‘We have welcomed Louise to the Treasury building nearly a dozen times. She has been absolutely respectful of her husband’s role and gracious to the staff on every visit,’ said Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh, who is quoted in the story.
‘Comments to the contrary are ridiculous fabrications made by people with an unserious relationship with the truth,’ he added.
Linton – who drew media attention for her trip to Kentucky with Mnuchin aboard a government aircraft where she bragged about her fashion ensemble in an Instagram post – had her own response to her critics.
‘We’re newlyweds. I love him. He’s my favorite person on the planet,’ she told the publication. ‘Why is it strange that we might want to spend time together?’
She uprooted her life as an L.A. based actress to join Mnuchin in their $12 million mansion in Washington.
The couple’s most infamous photo got snapped when Linton accompanied Mnuchin as the first bills bearing his signature rolled out of the U.S. Mint.
BETTER HAVE THIS NOTARIZED: On one visit to his office, Linton met Mnuchin ‘so his assistant could notarize their prenup,’ according to Washingtonian. Here Mnuchin signs a document in front of U.S. President Donald Trump (R), Vice President Mike Pence and his fiancee Louise Linton after being sworn in as Treasury Secretary
But Linton has her own answer to the image that was widely mocked in part for the long leather gloves she wore as she clutched large sheets of bills.
‘I didn’t take the bloody gloves off because it was cold! It was a little bit of a chilly day. Whatever. I liked that outfit, okay? Don’t be mean to me because I wore a pair of gloves. This is the East Coast. People do occasionally wear a pair of gloves,’ Linton says.
She described the event in a morning walk with a reporter in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, along with two of her Chihuahuas.
‘It was a really big moment for my husband,’ Linton says. She compared it to a promotion, and said it was a ‘fabulously exciting day for him.’
Her husband told her: ‘Darling, I want you to come along. I want you to see, it’s so exciting,’ she says. Her immediate reply was: ‘Fabulous—I’d love to be there to support you.’
One trip where Linton did not accompany Mnuchin was his trip to Davos, Swtizerland – although he did show up at Dulles airport the night before his own trip to green his wife from one of her own trips.
Mnuchin told DailyMail.com at the time she couldn’t come because she had to work, and her spokewoman said she was working on a romantic comedy. The Washingtonian story ads that her production company is developing several action pictures.