Inside Fort Knox, McConnell got to hold a 27-pound gold bar as part of the first civilian delegation to get to view the gold for 40 years, the AP reported.
The group argues that although Mnuchin "purportedly" traveled to Kentucky for a luncheon, the trip "seems to have been planned around the solar eclipse and to enable the secretary to secure a viewpoint in the path of the eclipse's totality".
Kentucky was one of the best places in the USA to view the eclipse, with the western part of the state located on the path of totality.
The trip was pushed into the spotlight after Linton, a Scottish actress who married Mnuchin this summer, posted the photo of herself draped in designer fashions, which she individually identified by brand, as she stepped off the government plane.
Louise Linton, the wealth-touting Queen of privilege and wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, joined the ranks of the internet's most reviled on Monday after she ripped into a stranger who criticized her on Instagram. After a woman named Jennifer Miller posted a critical comment about the post, Linton defended the couple's luxurious lifestyle by posting a lengthy comment full of classist attacks against Miller.
The trip came under scrutiny Tuesday following Linton's Instagram rant against an OR mother who criticized the Scottish actress for bragging about the expensive designer clothes she wore while accompanying her husband on the trip to Lexington, Kentucky. Mitch McConnell on the lawn of the U.S. Bullion Repository at Fort Knox, where the moon blocked 97 percent of the sun.
"My friends and family will tell you that I have a big heart and am very caring, but that I'm also snarky and unafraid to call things like I see them".
'Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?' When Miller responded by saying "Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable", Linton lost it, condescendingly telling her " "Cute! Aw!
"And while she has since apologized for her insensitive post, nothing she says now can negate the fact that her initial response to my frustration was to continue bragging about her wealth and to allege that her contributions to society have been more significant than mine", wrote Miller. I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day "trip" than you did.
It added that "she does not receive compensation for products she mentions".
Treasury officials described the trip as "official government travel" and pushed back against the suggestion that it was planned specifically to coincide with the celestial event.