Tom Price's taxpayer-funded private-jet travels mixed business with pleasure

Tom Price's taxpayer-funded private-jet travels mixed business with pleasure

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Trump expressed displeasure with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's private jet use and said that he had communicated his displeasure to Secretary Price.

Asked if he had confidence in Price after the reports on his travel, Trump said: "I am looking at that very closely".

Trump says "we'll see" about whether he was going to fire his Health and Human Services secretary.

Politico reported that Price traveled to St. Simons Island in Georgia, where he and his wife own land, in a government-funded private plane and touched down more than a day before he was scheduled to speak at a medical conference.

"The Committee is examining the extent to which non-career officials at federal departments and agencies either use government-owned aircraft for personal travel or private non-commercial aircraft for official travel", read a bipartisan letter sent to the White House Chief of Staff.

The letter also accused Price of using insider information to trade healthcare stocks when he was a member of Congress.

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Trump added: "I am not happy about it".

The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general is investigating Price's decision to opt for private charter planes instead of commercially available means of travel. 5 big ideas to halt America's opioid epidemic Aligning clinical and community resources improves health MORE said Tuesday that her successor's use of private chartered flights is "stunning".

HHS contracted the flight to Georgia to take Price to five states within four days, according to the article, costing more than $86,000.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday as he departed the White House for a trip to Indianapolis to sell his tax plan.

Asked if he has confidence in Price, Johnson went to speak, then stopped himself and walked away. Price, after all, maintained a reputation on Capitol Hill of being a fiscal hardliner and constant voice admonishing wasteful government spending.

"This is Secretary Price, getting outside of D.C., making sure he is connected with the real American people", his spokesperson explained. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, quipped. And I think as a public servant, you have to try to set some sort of example.

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