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23/06/2017

A Weekend Wedding for Steven Mnuchin

 

Steven T. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and his fiancée, the Scottish actress Louise Linton, are a match made in Hollywood, and one that tends to cut a conspicuous presence through this strait-laced capital. But they managed to keep their wedding plans secret until a fellow cabinet secretary spoiled the surprise.The couple’s plans to marry in Washington on Saturday were made public by Wilbur L. Ross, the Commerce secretary, who let the news slip during a conference in the capital this week.Mr. Ross is a frequent dining companion of the couple, who are often spotted around town with their security detail and with friends or family in tow. In an email relayed through a spokeswoman, Ms. Linton, 36, confirmed the plans but said little else about the event — “Wedding Venue is historical building in D.C.,” she wrote — citing security concerns for not giving specifics.In the email, Ms. Linton said she met Mr. Mnuchin at a wedding reception in Los Angeles in 2013. Mr. Mnuchin proposed two years later, after Ms. Linton stopped to admire the shape of an oval diamond in a jewelry store window while at Art Basel Miami Beach, she told the magazine Town & Country in a recent interview about her jewelry box, which is full of diamonds and pearls.Continue reading the main story

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The marriage will be the latest high-profile nuptials for Trump administration officials, and the Trump International Hotel in Washington has so far been the preferred space: Omarosa Manigault, a political aide in the White House and a Trump “Apprentice” alumna, married John Allen Newman, a pastor, there in April. Ms. Linton declined to share the names of guests but said that “many from administration” would be among about 300 guests expected to attend. One confirmed guest is the designer Ines Di Santo of Toronto, who flew to Washington in April to design a custom wedding gown. Veronica Di Santo-Abramowicz, Ms. Di Santo’s business partner and daughter, said in a phone interview that her mother had made a “very grand” dress for a “very feminine” bride.

Ms. Linton said she and Mr. Mnuchin, who live in a $12.6 million house in the city’s Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood, have enjoyed the transition to Washington, where they have walked their dogs in Rock Creek Park and can ride their bicycles to Mount Vernon on the weekends.“We enjoy the museums and architecture,” Ms. Linton wrote. “D.C. architecture reminds me of the architecture in Edinburgh where I was raised.”But the Washington establishment has not exactly greeted the pair with open arms.Mr. Mnuchin, 54, formerly of Goldman Sachs and a former Hollywood film financier, has been a frequent target of Democrats who tend to see him as a walking contradiction of Mr. Trump’s onetime campaign screeds against the global elite.

Mr. Mnuchin has been scrutinized for failing to disclose the full scope of his financial assets. Ms. Linton has also found herself under the glare: In May, after Mr. Mnuchin named Ms. Linton the interim chief executive of Dune Entertainment, a financing company he helped found, she stepped down after Democrats raised ethical questions, CNN reported. Ms. Linton said the position was meant to be temporary.As Treasury secretary, Mr. Mnuchin has become more prominent as financial battles linger for the Trump administration. He has said that his first priority is to get tax reform passed this year, and is playing a key role in urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling. Ms. Linton, whose affinity for an old-Hollywood aesthetic, including white-blond hair and the occasional bold red lips, cuts a distinct figure in Washington, seems similarly focused on her career as an actress.

On Instagram, she often posts photos of red carpet appearances and photos from the set.In one photo, Ms. Linton and Mr. Mnuchin posed together at the Governors Ball, held at the White House in February.“Mr. Mnuchin you are the man!!!” one follower wrote.“He sure is,” Ms. Linton responded.It is Mr. Mnuchin’s third marriage, and Ms. Linton’s first.

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