From health care to public education, the Trump administration is slashing services for working families. But that hasn’t kept the president’s cabinet from living lavishly—and sticking the hard-working taxpayers with their bills.
The $300 Million Man. With an estimated net worth of $300 million, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can afford his own vacations.
- But he took his wife, Louise Linton, on a military jet trip to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to watch the solar eclipse last August. The cost to the taxpayers: $33,000.
- That was one of Mnuchin’s eight trips on military aircraft last spring and fall, at a total cost of almost $1 million.
“Cone of Silence” at EPA. Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt spent $43,000 of the taxpayers’ money to build himself a cone of silence—a soundproof phone booth in his office.
- Maybe he needs secrecy because he’s meeting with fossil fuel executives who want to weaken anti-pollution rules, while he’s laying the groundwork for future campaigns in his home state, Oklahoma.
- And he’s also spent more than $107,000 of the taxpayers’ money on first-class air travel.
Office Doors, Not National Parks. Suggesting that veterans and the disabled shouldn’t get in for free, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to increase the entrance fees at 17 national parks.
- But the Interior Department is spending almost $139,000 to replace Zinke’s office doors.
- And, he charged the taxpayers for a chartered flight from Las Vegas to his home state, Montana.
Evicting Low-Income Tenants, Feathering His Own Nest. Trump’s budget will evict low-income families from public housing. But Housing Secretary Ben Carson is spending $31,000 in federal funds for a custom mahogany dining room set for his office.