PICTURED: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and wife enjoying eclipse during $26,000 day trip to Fort Knox using taxpayer funded jet after claiming he wasn't interested celestial event because he's a New Yorker

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A photo has emerged showing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin watching, and enjoying, the solar eclipse during his August trip to Fort Knox, despite him saying he wasn't interested.

When Mnuchin was asked about the once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle, he said: 'People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously. Being a New Yorker, I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse.'

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However, in the photo revealed by Think Progress, which was obtained via a FOIA request, Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton appear to be enjoying just that, donning eclipse spectacles for their viewing pleasure during the $26,000 taxpayer funded trip.

The trip sparked a flurry of questions about how Mnuchin had been using chartered military aircraft to fly around the country.

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In September, a month after the trip, the office for the Treasury Department's Inspector General said it was is probing Mnuchin's trip to Kentucky.

'We are reviewing the circumstances of the Secretary's August 21 flight … to determine whether all applicable travel, ethics, and appropriation laws and policies were observed,' said counsel for the IG's office Rich Delmar.

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'When our review is complete, we will advise the appropriate officials, in accordance with the Inspector General Act and established procedures,' Delmar told told the The Washington Post at the time.

It is unclear what happened with the probe, or if it has been completed.

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Cabinet members generally are supposed to fly commercial when possible. Government aircraft are for use only on official business. Mnuchin toured Ft. Knox on the trip as well as attended an event with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The trip saw an additional burst of exposure after Linton found herself in an Instagram spat over a photo of she and her new husband arriving at Fort Knox on the visit.

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Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attended a luncheon event shortly...
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