President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed sharp displeasure with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price over his use of pricey private jets at taxpayers’ expense, saying “we’ll see” when asked by reporters if he would fire Price.
“I was looking into it and I will look into it. And I will tell you personally, I’m not happy about it,” Trump said in a brief exchange with reporters. “I am not happy about it. I’m going to look at it. I am not happy about it, and I let him know it.”
POLITICO revealed that Price has flown 26 times on private aircraft since last May at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a break with the practice of his predecessors, who generally took commercial flights.
The Department of Health and Human Services has said Price did not violate federal travel regulations, which allow for chartered aircraft when “no scheduled commercial airline service is reasonably available.” A POLITICO review, however, showed that many of Price’s private flights were matched closely by commercial options available at a fraction of the cost.
Read more at Politico.