President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is "not happy" about revelations that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took numerous flights on government-funded private jets for work and personal trips.
A spokeswoman, Charmaine Yoest, said Price had once been delayed on a commercial flight and was forced to cancel a public event.
A department official said both trips were paid for by HHS and that Price took both on official government business. Price took a government-owned jet last month to a Georgia resort where he and his wife own property, according to the article, and in June he took a private flight to a health summit in Nashville, where he had a lengthy lunch with his son. Politico moved the ball forward yesterday with a report that suggests Price actually mixed personal and professional interests while taking advantage of taxpayer-funded travel. Per the U.S. General Services Administration, with government discounts, the tickets would have cost between $102 and $333 roundtrip. "I am not happy about it I'm going to look at it". Another trip was from Dulles International Airport in the Washington suburbs to Philadelphia International Airport, a distance of 135 miles.
The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it was investigating Price's travel. Jamie Raskin (Maryland), and Pramila Jayapal (Washington) - accused Price of violating the American public's trust through the use of corporate-style jets to whisk him around the country. She also confirmed that the use of private planes had been suspended.
Back in August, the president was asked if he still had confidence in Steve Bannon, then a senior strategist in the White House. He actually gets very unfair press in that regard.
"I was looking into it and I will look into it", Trump said, according to Politico. Bannon was out three days later. As HHS secretary, he has questioned whether the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people delivers results that are worth the billions of dollars taxpayers spend for the coverage.
A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for Price's resignation.
Republicans, however, remained mum.
Price is not the only member of the Cabinet to be in a precarious position with Trump. "Not everybody can lease a plane like that and fly around the country".