A Scottish actress who grew up in a haunted castle and wrote a widely panned memoir in 2016, is going to be married to Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary. Scottish actress Louise Linton has been engaged for former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin since November 2015. A year later, it was announced that Mnuchin was U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick to become U.S. Treasury Secretary. This comes after Trump vilified Goldman Sachs
during his controversial campaign. Along with Mnuchin, Politico reports
that Trump is considering Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn to head up the Office of Management and Budget.
Linton was born in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. During a May 2014 interview with the Daily Record,
Linton said, "I do have to pinch myself. Growing up in Edinburgh was wonderful and I have such a fondness for my home city but it’s great to be doing what I’ve always wanted to do."
On her official website,
Linton says that after boarding school, she went to work "as a volunteer in Northern Zambia." She had told Scottish tabloid,
the Daily Record, in May 2014:
"I went to Africa for six months in my gap year and had a harrowing experience. I was volunteering in a small village at the southern end of Lake Tanganyika.
My mum had done a lot of missionary work long before she passed away and I carried the torch for her and went to northern Zambia. It was extremely remote with no communication with the outside world and I had to do a lot of fishing for my own food."
In July 2016, the Daily Telegraph published a passage from Linton's memoir of her time working in the African country of Zambia. The passage has since been deleted from the Telegraph's website. It was titled, "How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare."
the book is described as, "The inspiring memoir of an intrepid teenager who abandoned her privileged life in Scotland to travel to Zambia as a gap year student where she found herself inadvertently caught up on the fringe of the Congolese War."
An anecdote that Linton tell regarding her camp, where she worked with orphans, being raided by rebels from neighboring Congo was widely disputed and discredited, according to Buzzfeed.
The Buzzfeed piece also says that the Daily Telegraph piece was written by Linton's co-author, Wendy Holden.
Meanwhile, a Facebook post
from Gerard Zytkow, a business owner who lived close to where Linton had been living, detailed how the only Congolese rebels he encountered were ones who came to surrender. He added that the rebels "were tired, hungry and thirsty."
Other major flaws in the book included the notion that Congo was embroiled in a Hutu/Tutsi conflict,
when in reality that happened in Rwanda. Linton also said that she suffered through "monsoon season" in Zambia, a weather system that the country does not have. Another point that was made by Twitter user @TwentyKwacha
noted that Zambia doesn't have "dense jungle," as was described in Linton's book.
The incident spawned the hashtag "LintonLies." In Congo's Shadow
has largely negative reviews on Amazon.
The Times in London later reported
that Linton was going to donate all of the profits from the book to a charity in the wake of the controversy.
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