Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin answering questions on what prompted Mnuchin to inquire about using a government plane for his European honeymoon in August. Photo: John Locher / AP

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Politico's Ben White that the story claiming he had requested a government jet for his honeymoon was "misreported." He argued use of such a plane would simply be for "national security" purposes:

"Let me be clear. I'm very sensitive to the use of government funds... This had nothing to do with convenience. This was purely about national security... and ultimately we withdrew the request."

Mnuchin also denied that his recent trip to Louisville and Fort Knox, via a government plane, had anything to do with watching the eclipse:

"You know, people in Kentucky took this stuff very serious. Being a New Yorker... I was like, the eclipse? Really? I don't have any interest in watching the eclipse.'"

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More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.