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After Missteps, Mnuchin's Wife Turns to Protocol Expert

Louise Linton says she is 'super duper sorry' over gaffes last year
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Treasury Chief's Wife 'Sorry,' Hires Protocol Helper
In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills, the first currency notes bearing his and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza's signatures.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin, did not have a great 2017 in the public eye. First came her Instagram fiasco in which she belittled a critic of her love of branding, then came an unfortunate photo op with newly printed dollar bills. Now, she's back in the spotlight with a profile at Elle, and the 37-year-old says she is "super duper sorry" for the missteps and has hired an expert in Washington protocol to guide her. Some highlights:

  • Instagram mess: “I was feeling like a regular person,” she says. “And regular people, when someone says something mean to you on social media, regular people are allowed to respond.”

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  • Photo op: Linton took a lot of grief over her elbow-length leather gloves, which she says she chose for her outfit because she wanted to come off as stylish in the mode of Jackie Kennedy. For the photo, "I just didn’t bother taking the gloves off because it was kind of cold in the bureau," she says. "And I didn’t expect that I would be pulled into a picture!”
  • New theme: “I’m just a regular girl, and I’m not perfect, but I’m trying my best,” she says. “Maybe I should wear that on a T-shirt and Instagram that. And then on the back it should say … ‘I’m so sorry.’”
Click for the full profile. (Read more Louise Linton stories.)

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