Tom Price's travel combined personal and professional interests


In a letter addressed to Price, both the committee's top Republican, Rep. Trey Gowdy, and Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, said they were "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".

"And I will tell you personally, I'm not happy about it", Trump told pool reporters Wednesday afternoon when asked if he would dismiss the former Georgia congressman. "I will tell you I am not happy with it". "I let him know it".

At one point, when asked if he would fire Price, the President said, "We'll see".

"I'm not happy with Tom". If other cabinet members turn out to have been following Price's lead, this narrative will, er, take off. Price is known as a conservative policy expert, but his penchant for taking private charter aircraft on the taxpayer's dime is creating new headaches for the White House.

The HHS Office of Inspector General said last week that it has opened an investigation into his 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.

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Earlier this month, it was disclosed that Price had repeatedly taken private flights while conducting government business, even though his predecessors had often taken commercial flights, according to Politico.

Price has reportedly spent more than $400,000 of taxpayer money since joining the administration on private plane travel that the Health and Human Services inspector general is now probing.

The committee sent a letter to Price asking that he "identify each usage of a private, non-commercial aircraft by a non-career official" by October 10. Politico found that since May, Price has taken 26 flights on corporate jets, and in several cases, there were commercial flights available to his destinations.

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for Price's resignation.

Back in August, the president was asked if he still had confidence in Steve Bannon, then a senior strategist in the White House. "Not everybody can lease a plane like that and fly around the country".