Gift-wrapped horse manure left for Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

It came with a card and was addressed 'from the American people'

Andrew Buncombe
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sunday 24 December 2017 19:50 GMT
The Treasury Secretary is married to British actress Louise Linton
The Treasury Secretary is married to British actress Louise Linton (Getty)

A bomb squad team rushed to the Los Angeles home of Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discover a suspicious package labelled for him containing horse manure.

Reports said the team was dispatched to millionaire Mr Mnuchin’s home in the city’s Bel Air area after a neighbour reported receiving a package addressed for the cabinet member. The package also included a Christmas card with negative comments about Mr Trump and the new tax law signed by last week.

Los Angeles Police Department Area Watch Commander Rob Weise told NBC the package was dropped off on Saturday evening and cleared by officers by 8pm. The investigation has now been handed to the Secret Service, he said.

The heavy police presence frustrated some residents, including Zsa Zsa Gabor’s widower.

“We have $50m homes and we can’t move, we can’t get out,” said Prince Frederick von Anhalt, who was trapped for two hours. “That’s bad, they have to find another way.”

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Mr Mnuchin, who was reportedly not at home when the package was discovered, is a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive and Hollywood film financier.

Earlier this year, he and his wife, British actress Louise Linton, sparked controversy when they posed with a sheet of dollar bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Critics said they looked like villains from a James Bond movie, something Mr Mnuchin, whose signature appears on the bills, seemed quite happy about.

“I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie. But let me just say, I was very excited of having my signature on the money,” he told reporters.

“It’s obviously a great privilege and a great honour and something I’m very proud of.”

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