Steve Mnuchin: 'I Didn't Realize' Viral Dollar Bill Photos Would Go Public

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Wallace pressed Mnuchin on why he would pose for pictures with money and his wife - who's already gotten him in some trouble, politically, for ranting at a woman who suggested Linton's flashy lifestyle is at the taxpayers' expense.

Wallace then asked Mnuchin about another facet of the photo-op - why he chose to print his name instead of signing it in cursive on the new dollar bills. "But people have a right to do that".

The photos are especially striking, Linton's glamorous outfit, an all-black ensemble complete with black leather gloves going past her elbows and up into her sleeves, inspiring a number of comparisons to everyone from Cruella de Vil to Kylo Ren.

Mnuchin, a former Hollywood producer, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he probably should take it as a compliment that he's being linked to a "great, successful James Bond movie". Once I was there and Mnuchin gestured for Linton to come over and be in the photo op, then I knew for sure this image would get some interest. "People who make a million dollars or more, their taxes are going to go up on the personal side", he said. "That is the great beauty of social media today; people can say and communicate what they want".

Institutional Investor's Pro-Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) Sentiment In Q2 2017
Over the course of the past year SFS has set a 52-week high of $15.45 while the corresponding low set was $5.80. Portolan Capital Mngmt Limited Liability Corp stated it has 0.27% in Smart & Final Stores Inc (NYSE:SFS).

Linton became the subject of controversy this past August, after she hashtagged the designer brands she was wearing when she stepped off a government plane in an Instagram post, prompting one fellow user to call her "deplorable". That prompted criticism from an OR woman who said, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway".

On Sunday, Mnuchin did clear up one mystery: why he had chose to print his signature, which will appear on all new bills produced while he is in office, rather than writing it, as past treasury secretaries had done.

Linton subsequently apologized for her statement, calling her comments "inappropriate and highly insensitive". "Having said that, they're going to get the benefit of a business tax reduction, which will be very, very good for NY".

The signatures of treasury secretaries have been appearing on U.S. currency since 1914.

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