Mnuchin: I ‘Didn’t Realize’ Photos Of Me Holding Dollar Bills Would Be Public

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin on Sunday said he “didn’t realize” photographs of himself and his wife, actress Louise Linton, holding a sheet of the first $1 bills to bear Mnuchin’s signature, would be posted online.

“I didn’t realize that the pictures were public and going on the internet and viral,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”

He said that “people have the right to do that.”

“People can express what they want. That’s the great thing about social media today,” Mnuchin said. “People can say and communicate what they want.”

And communicate they did.

Jacquelyn Martin, the photographer, told the Associated Press that she “had a feeling that this would take off.”

“I knew for sure this image would get some interest,” she said.

“Some folks, and I’m looking at the picture here, which you can’t see, say that you two look like two villains from a James Bond movie,” Chris Wallace told Mnuchin. “What were you thinking?”

“I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie,” Mnuchin replied.

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