WASHINGTON, D.C. – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton are under fire again this week after photos surfaced online revealing that the high-profile couple used dozens of sheets of uncut U.S. currency to wallpaper several rooms including a wine cellar inside their $12.6 million mansion in Washington, D.C.
In a series of Instagram posts which have since been deleted, Mrs. Linton took her nearly twelve thousand followers on an intimate tour of her 16,000-square foot Massachusetts Heights residence. Paying special attention to a selection of newly wallpapered bedrooms, Linton was quick to point out that each sheet of wallpaper contained $3,200 in freshly printed $100 banknotes. “We didn’t want to give our guests the wrong impression by using $1 bills,” the Scottish actress wrote.
The wallpaper, which, by Linton’s own estimate, is worth upwards of $734,000, was acquired during a recent visit to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing where the treasury secretary and his wife were photographed inspecting sheets of freshly printed U.S. currency bearing Mnuchin’s signature. “I looked at Steven and I said, ‘This would really liven up the living room,” Linton told her Instagram followers before signing off with a string of hashtags including #luxurylifestyle, #onepercent, and #taxfree.
Despite only placing fourth on Forbes‘ list of wealthiest cabinet officials, Secretary Mnuchin has developed a reputation for enjoying a rather extravagant lifestyle at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. Earlier this year, Munchin faced mounting scrutiny over his excessive use of government charter flights, including a 33-minute flight from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, which cost taxpayers $47,890. At the time, Mnuchin defended his decision to embark on the thirty-mile flight, saying he’d become “fed up” with D.C.-area traffic.
In a statement posted to the Department of Treasury’s official website on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced he had taken it upon himself to physically sign each individual banknote – a task typically handled by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s state-of-the-art printing press. The historic undertaking reportedly took the treasury secretary approximately 4,800 hours, or two-thirds of his time in office, to complete. The bills are scheduled to enter circulation on December 1.