Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Makes Surprise Appearance at Paris Fashion Week

By Wilhelm, Colin | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, February 27, 2019 | Go to article overview

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Makes Surprise Appearance at Paris Fashion Week


Wilhelm, Colin, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made a surprise appearance at a fashion week hosted by a celebrity clothing designer in Paris on Wednesday as part of what the Treasury Department said is a multiday work trip to Europe.

The first notice the press got of Mnuchin's trip came when a fashion critic tweeted out a picture of the treasury secretary at a party thrown by clothing designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Mnuchin’s trip was not included in the normal notice of Treasury officials' appearances that appears every Friday, despite the fact that the notice now reflects that he has meetings planned with top French officials, including French President Emmanuel Macron. A Treasury spokesperson said public notices were updated on Tuesday; the public notice website says it was last updated at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday night, and the department made no other effort to alert press to the change. Multiple spokespeople for the department gave no reason for the last-minute schedule update or lack of publicity around it, nor did they respond to whether Treasury had failed to disclose previous official travel by Mnuchin.

The Treasury Department now says the trip will include a meeting with the French finance minister as well as Macron before Mnuchin travels to London for a conference on investment in Jordan.


At the same time he was appearing in Paris, Mnuchin sent a letter to Congress asking for an increase in the debt ceiling, calling the full faith and credit of the United States a “critical” matter.

It’s not the first time Mnuchin has been opaque about his official travel plans.

Treasury’s internal inspector general investigated an official trip Mnuchin took with his wife, Louise Linton, to Fort Knox, Ky., during the rare full solar eclipse that coincided with the timing of his visit in August 2017. The military facility, which also hosts the United States gold bullion depository, was in the full eclipse path. …

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