Tom Price’s Private Jet Travel Included Visits to Colleagues, Lunch With Son
Drain the swamp. Steve Mnuchin-AKA the Foreclosure King-charged us for private jet travel in a worthy cause-going to his wedding.
Price claims because he was late once using commercial, that means he will never be able to get to anywhere on time if he doesn’t fly on a federally subsidized private jet. Somehow all these HHS secretaries prior to him were able to do his job without private jet. Maybe he should talk with them and figure out how they did it.
I guess we should pity him-it’s not easy jetting around the country taking away people’s healthcare.
“Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took a government-funded private jet in August to get to St. Simons Island, an exclusive Georgia resort where he and his wife own land, a day and a half before he addressed a group of local doctors at a medical conference that he and his wife have long attended.”
“The St. Simons Island trip was one of two taxpayer-funded flights on private jets in which Price traveled to places where he owns property, and paired official visits with meetings with longtime colleagues and family members. On June 6, HHS chartered a jet to fly Price to Nashville, Tennessee, where he owns a condominium and where his son resides. Price toured a medicine dispensary and spoke to a local health summit organized by a longtime friend. He also had lunch with his son, an HHS official confirmed.”
“An HHS official said both the Georgia and Tennessee trips were for official government business and were paid for by the department.”
“Richard Painter, who served as the top ethics official for President George W. Bush, said Price’s trips may have been legal but were ethically dubious.”
“To use a charter flight on something that combines personal and government business, I think it’s highly unprofessional and really inappropriate,” Painter said — especially if personal business represented a disproportionate part of the trip.
It’s fascinating how different Price sounds now to when he came in on a Tea Party waive back in 2010.
“Tom Price, Who Once Railed Against Government Spending on Private Jets, Spent $60,000 on Private Jets.”
“At a time when Congress, in the name of “fiscal responsibility,” is considering a bill that would gut billions in health care spending that benefits primarily low- and middle-income Americans, the same HHS secretary who wants deep cuts to his own departmentelecting to blow tens of thousands of dollars flitting around the country on a charter plane is a decidedly bad look. But hey, at least there aren’t any comically on-the-nose clips on the Internet of then-Congressman Price indignantly ranting on cable news about the utter outlandishness of spending federal tax dollars on the use of private jets. Thatwould be embarrass—”
It’s not easy flying around the country demanding the poor do with less in the name of fiscal responsibility.
The good news? House investigators now want to talk to him:
“House investigators want answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and other Cabinet officials about their use of government-owned aircraft or private jets for travel.”
“The request from the House Oversight Committee is the latest government scrutiny of Price’s use of private jets, which was first reported by POLITICO last week.”
“Under Federal Travel Regulations, officials are advised to take the “most expeditious” means of transportation and “by no means should include personal use,” Chairman Trey Gowdy and ranking member Elijah Cummings write in a sample letter addressed to Price, who served more than a decade in the House before joining Trump’s administration. Similar letters were sent to 23 other agencies and the White House.”
“POLITICO has reported that Price has spent more than $400,000 on taxpayer-funded private jet travel since May. A story on Tuesday detailed how Price’s trips blended personal and professional travel, including a $17,760 round trip on a charter jet to Nashville, where Price stayed less than six hours and had lunch with his son. Price has said he will halt all private jet travel pending the outcome of an HHS inspector general’s review.”
Now Trump says he’s not happy with Price.
“President Donald Trump says he is “not happy” with his Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price following reports that Price used a private plane for official business.”
“And Trump says he let Price know it.”
Asked whether he’s planning on firing Price, Trump responded: “We’ll see.”
“Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday as he departed the White House for a trip to Indianapolis to sell his tax plan.”
Price is just saying that-he doesn’t welcome the review. But us little people sure do.
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