Price could be fired over private jet use, Trump indicates

Politico: Price Visited Family Members, Longtime Friends On Private Jet Trips

Politico: Price Visited Family Members, Longtime Friends On Private Jet Trips

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was "not happy" with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price amid reports he used expensive private charter jets to travel for government business rather than cheaper commercial flights.

Asked if action should be taken against Price, Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, the senior senator from Price's home state of Georgia, said: "I think that's the president's prerogative for any member of the Cabinet".

Responding to questions from reporters, Trump said he is "looking into" the situation and "personally, I'm not happy about it, and I let him know it".

Asked if he would fire Price, Trump told reporters: "We'll see".

Politico has documented more than two dozen charter flights taken by Price, to the tune of more than $400,000.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Price's trips weren't "White House-approved travel".

Trump's displeasure with Price could also stem from the GOP's failed attempts to replace Obamacare.

"This is way too many private flights", said Cole, who is friendly with Price, a former congressman, from their time serving together.

Inside the department, the mood is souring.

"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.

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The committee has given Mr Price two weeks to hand over the records. Officials said Price is cooperating fully with the inspector general's probe and will stop using charter flights until that investigation is complete.

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

Trump's remarks were the latest example of the White House distancing itself from Price's actions. The request, which he said was in the interest of "national security", was later withdrawn.

Asked if he has confidence in Price, Johnson went to speak, then stopped himself and walked away.

"I'd like to introduce Secretary Price to the train", Sen. And I think as a public servant, you have to try to set some sort of example.

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