Treasury secretary's wife apologizes for touting wealth online then belittling Instagram user

Treasury secretary's wife apologizes for touting wealth online then belittling Instagram user
Posted at 7:50 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 08:04:50-04

You probably post your traveling selfies on social media, too, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton has now apologized for belittling a commenter on a now-deleted Instagram post touting her wealth.

When Linton posted a photo of her and Mnuchin deplaning an Air Force jet in Kentucky on Monday, she complimented the nice people and beautiful countryside alongside an array of hashtags for high-end designers Valentino, Hermes and Tom Ford, according to the BBC.

That prompted Instagram user Jenni Miller, among others, to complain that Americans were paying for Linton’s getaway to the Commonwealth. 

Linton fired back a lengthy, sarcastic response filled with kiss emojis and LOLs that has since been deleted.

“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 in taxes toward our daytrip than you did,” Linton wrote.

Miller told CNN that Linton’s response is “tone-deaf” and “deplorable.”

"She went to a state where one in five people lives in poverty and many children don't know where their next meal is coming from. Instead of helping in some way, she chose to brag about her outlandishly expensive clothes,” Miller said.

"I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive," Linton said in a statement from her publicist to CNN.

The pair were in Kentucky for Mnuchin to discuss tax reform with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and to visit Fort Knox, CNN reported. The New York Times reported that they reimbursed the government for the trip and that Linton was not compensated by all the labels she promoted in her post.

Mnuchin apologized in March for saying in an interview that everyone should send their kids to see the Lego Batman movie, which his company financed and he executive produced.