James Bond villain? Steven Mnuchin takes that as a compliment

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton posing with a large sheet of dollar bills is America's newest, ridiculously freakish meme.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he wasn't bothered when people online compared him to a James Bond villain after he posed for photos with money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing last week.

A photo of the couple from Wednesday's photoshoot quickly became an internet sensation.

The photos are especially striking, Linton's glamorous outfit, an all-black ensemble complete with black leather gloves going past her elbows and up into her sleeves, inspiring a number of comparisons to everyone from Cruella de Vil to Kylo Ren.

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"I guess I should take that as a compliment, that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie", Mnuchin, a former Hollywood producer, said.

Twitter was not amused by Mnuchin and Linton's latest stunt. People can express what they want. "That's the great thing about social media today". 'People can say and communicate what they want'.

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Mnuchin's wife created a furor on social media in August when she posted an Instagram photo of the two of them stepping off a government jet on a trip to Kentucky. That prompted criticism from an OR woman who said, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway".

'I'm sure you've heard that, ' the newsman said.

Mnuchin also cleared up the mystery of why his signature is in print instead of cursive, which had prompted one Bronx lawmaker to muse about whether the currency is even official.

The next day, Linton apologized for her comments, which she called "inappropriate and highly insensitive".

Mnuchin explained that he was excited to see his signature on the money, so he and Linton visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to check out the first batch. 'I have a very, very messy signature that you could barely read.

The signatures of treasury secretaries have been appearing on USA currency since 1914.

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