Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Scottish actress Louise Linton met in 2013 and got engaged two years later. | Getty
President Donald Trump has gained a reputation as a wedding crasher, but on Saturday he scored an invitation with other high-profile guests to celebrate the nuptials of one of his Cabinet members.
The president and first lady Melania Trump were part of the A-list crowd that gathered just blocks from the White House as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin married Louise Linton, a Scottish actress.
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While the White House and Treasury Department had been mum on details of Mnuchin’s Washington wedding, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke the news about the event earlier in the week during a business conference.
Mnuchin, 54, is a former Goldman Sachs executive and one of Trump’s wealthiest Cabinet members. This is his third marriage, and it’s the second for Linton, whose acting credits include a part in the 2007 film “Lions for Lambs,” with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, and, more recently, as the lead character in the 2016 horror film “Intruder.” Linton told The New York Times earlier this week that there would be about 300 guests at the event, including a large number from the administration.
The short ceremony was officiated by Vice President Mike Pence, who returned to D.C. after a day traveling from Colorado to a Republican National Committee summer retreat in Chicago.
The Trump administration was out in force, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer.
The Cabinet was also well-represented: Ross, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Also in attendance: Don and Shannon McGahn, Woody Johnson, Lee Eisenberg, Tom Barrack, Eli and Jenna Miller, Stephen Miller, C. Boyden Gray, Brad and Candice Parscale, Tommy Hicks, Reed Cordish, Richard and Karen LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari, John Paulson, Mike Shields and Katie Walsh, Ken Duberstein and Anthony Scaramucci.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch was there, as were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Jim Donovan, a Goldman Sachs banker who at one point was slated to be Mnuchin’s deputy but withdrew his name from consideration, was also among those in attendance.
A senior Republican Capitol Hill staffer described the list of attendees as “exclusive and closely guarded.” The Treasury Department did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.
Trump’s wedding appearance is well within his normal weekend routine, which since he took office has included several unannounced drop-ins at private nuptial ceremonies at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey and at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida.
The president was spotted wearing a black-tie tuxedo, and the first lady was seen in a pink blush dress, which her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said was a “Gilles Mendel silk chiffon gown with Manolo Blahnik pumps.”
Earlier Saturday, Trump spent three hours at Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia — his ninth visit to his private club just outside Washington since January’s inauguration. While the White House wouldn’t disclose what the president did at the club, a photograph circulating on social media showed him dressed in golf attire. A source at Trump’s club told POLITICO the course was crowded for an annual member tournament — the Potomac Cup — and the president was spotted “playing a few holes” and not a full round of 18.
Mnuchin was married at the Mellon Auditorium, a historic public space connected to the EPA’s headquarters and host of several major events through the years. At that location, President Franklin Roosevelt relaunched the country’s mandatory military draft in 1940; President Harry S. Truman signed the North Atlantic Treaty, establishing NATO, in 1949; and Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA trade treaty in 1993.
Seafood was served during cocktail hour, along with filet for dinner and a big white wedding cake. Attendees said there were lots of beautiful flowers at the wedding; ballerinas performed, followed by bagpipes and a big band; and many people hit the dance floor.
The neoclassical auditorium also has been used as a set for a number of movies and television shows, including “Transformers,” “The West Wing” and “Top Chef.”
Linton told The New York Times that she and Mnuchin met in 2013 at a wedding reception in Los Angeles. He proposed to her two years later.
Ben White and Cristiano Lima contributed to this report.