Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, apologized Tuesday for boasting about her wealth and then disparaging someone who criticized her during a nasty social media exchange, trying to quell a raft of criticism.
‘‘I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response,’’ she is quoted as saying, according to her publicist. ‘‘It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.’’
Linton, an actress and producer, married Mnuchin two months ago in a lavish ceremony attended by the president and vice president. She often travels with Mnuchin on official business, which is not customary for a Cabinet member’s spouse, but officials say they reimburse the government.
She drew attention Monday for posting a photo of herself disembarking from a government plane with Mnuchin and noting various designers’ clothes she was wearing. That drew comment from someone with the Instagram identity Jennimiller29: ‘‘Glad we could pay for your little getaway.’’
Linton responded with a fiery attack. ‘‘Did you think this was a personal trip?!’’ She added: ‘‘Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. 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 taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.’’
Linton added, ‘‘You’re adorably out of touch. . . . Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute.’’
Leave the kid alone!
The White House on Tuesday renewed its request for privacy for President Trump’s son Barron, 11, after a conservative news and opinion website criticized his casual attire.
He wore shorts, a T-shirt that said ‘‘On Your Mark Tiger Shark,’’ and loafers without socks for Sunday’s return to the White House from the family’s home at Trump’s private golf club in New Jersey.
Ford Springer, The Daily Caller columnist, wrote that since Barron doesn’t have any responsibilities ‘‘the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public.’’
The White House got bipartisan support from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who defended Barron on Twitter. Clinton was the subject of ridicule as a teen growing up in the White House when her father, Bill Clinton, was president.
‘‘It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves,’’ Clinton tweeted Monday. She followed on Tuesday after a Twitter user criticized Barron’s entire family in unpublishable terms.
‘‘Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner — in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame,’’ she tweeted back to @MattyRenn.
No to Mar-a-Lago
A Florida charity for children announced Tuesday that it was canceling plans to hold a fund-raiser luncheon at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club next winter — adding to an exodus of high-paying charity clients in the days after his comments about violent protests in Charlottesville, Val.
The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, based in Boca Raton, said it would move a planned luncheon to another venue, but did not say which one. The group explained its decision with a statement saying, ‘‘We are not a political organization and do not condone hatred or bullying on any level.’’
‘‘Due to the political turbulence associated with this choice of venue it would be a disservice to our supporters and our children to hold our event at Mar-a-Lago,’’ Sharon Alexander, the group’s chief executive, said in the statement. ‘‘We prefer the conversations to be centered off the venue and instead focused on how we can help kids with special needs excel in their communities.’’
In all, 16 charities have canceled events at Mar-a-Lago since Aug. 15, when President Trump said there were ‘‘fine people’’ among those who went to Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. That crowd included neo-Nazis and white supremacists, including a man now charged with murder for allegedly running down counterprotesters with his car.
The departures have had a big impact on a major line of business for the president’s club: hosting the ritzy galas and luncheons that are the highlights of Palm Beach’s winter social season.
The events can bring in significant amounts of money: Charities hosting large galas can pay Trump’s club between $125,000 and $275,000 for a single night’s revelry. Even lunchtime events can cost $25,000 to $85,000.
Unicorn Children’s Foundation did not immediately respond to a question about how much its luncheon was slated to cost.
The Senate’s health committee will hold two hearings early next month on how the nation’s individual health insurance marketplaces can be stabilized, as party leaders look for a fresh path following the collapse of the Republican effort to repeal and replace much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
GOP and Democratic leaders are exploring whether they can craft a bipartisan but limited bill aimed at curbing rising premiums for people who buy their own insurance.
In many markets, consumers are seeing steeply rising premiums and fewer insurers willing to sell policies.
A Sept. 6 hearing will feature state insurance commissioners. The next day’s witnesses will be governors. Both groups will be bipartisan; aides said names will come later.
The push for even a modest compromise on Obamacare is expected to be difficult following years of harsh partisan battling over the Republican drive to dismantle Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul. Last month, the Senate rejected an effort by majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentuck, to erase much of that statute following defections by GOP senators and unbroken Democratic opposition.