The price tag for HHS Secretary Tom Price’s travel continues to rise. Politico reported late Thursday that Price took military jets for overseas trips, bringing the total cost of his travel since May to a whopping $1 million. Price on Thursday pledged to repay for the cost of the trips — but an HHS spokesperson told TPM that the health secretary will repay about $50,000, which is the cost of only his seat on those trips. President Trump is not happy about the ordeal. He told reporters this week that “we’ll see” whether Price continues to serve in the administration. Price, for his part, said Thursday that he believes he still has the President’s confidence. A number of investigations have been launched into the private travel, including by the HHS inspector general and the House Oversight Committee. The White House said Thursday that it will launch its own review, as well as halt all private jet use for HHS.
And Price isn’t the only Trump administration official to have taken private planes as a government official. At least three others have, too: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The investigations and reviews into Price’s private travel have just begun. And the question remains: how many more trips will come to light? And if the drip, drip, drip of more information continues, can Tom Price keep his job?
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