n an interview on Fox News Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin finally reacted to a photo of him and his wife, Louise Linton, that quickly made the rounds on social media.
After posing with a sheet of newly printed one-dollar bills bearing Mnuchin’s signature, critics suggested that Linton and her husband looked like villains from a James Bond film, a critique that the Treasury Secretary shamelessly took as a compliment.
Sec Mnuchin on @FoxNewsSunday responds to criticism over photos of him and his wife posing with dollar bills featuring his signature: “I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from the James Bond, I guess I should take that as a compliment.” pic.twitter.com/hoggpXFj0a
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) November 19, 2017
“I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from the ‘James Bond’ [movies]. I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful ‘James Bond’ movie,” Mnuchin said.
Because we should all strive to emulate a villain so long as the franchise in which they are depicted is successful.
“I didn’t realize the pictures were public and going on the Internet and viral, but people can do that,” Mnuchin added.
It should come as little surprise that Mnuchin and Linton were called “villains.” In the photo, Linton is wearing long black leather gloves and staring dead-on into the camera. Mnuchin, for his part, is staring wistfully off into the distance. Both are gripping a full sheet of currency.
This is not the couple’s first tangle with controversy. Earlier this year, they were thrust into the national spotlight after a government inquiry into Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton’s use of government travel – sparked by her patronizing response to a critic on Instagram – revealed that the Treasury Secretary requested a government jet for him and his wife to travel on their honeymoon to France, Scotland, and Italy this summer.
Louise Linton posted a photo of herself deplaning a U.S. Air Force jet in full high-fashion garb, tagging luxury brands Hermes, Tom Ford and Valentino in the now-infamous Instagram shot. A critic commented on the fact that the trip, presented as a high-class getaway, was paid for by taxpayer dollars, prompting Linton to lash out with a tone-deaf and condescending response.
“Aw!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Did you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol,” read part of her comment.
Per Mnuchin’s request, it turned out, they did try to get the government to pay for those things.
Mnuchin and Linton have also come under fire for allegedly using a U.S. Air Force jet – which comes at a cost of $25,000 per hour to operate – to view the solar eclipse last month in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which falls within the “line of totality,” where the eclipse could be best experienced.
The fact that Mnuchin never would have thought that he and his wife could possibly look “like villains from the James Bond” movies is a testament to just how out-of-touch with reality yet another Trump cabinet member truly is.