HHS Secretary Apologizes

Sep 29, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price “apologized for flying on private planes for government and personal business and pledge to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of the flights.” The Inspector General’s office is probing Price’s use of a private plane. The Secretary said that he would continue to cooperate. He said, “All my political career I’ve fought for the taxpayers. It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayers. He went on to say that he would not take any more trips on private flights while head of HHS. He added that he would immediately write a check for the full cost and reimburse the U.S. Treasury. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.” The cost of the private plane was in excess of $300,000. On one trip he flew in early and stopped over at St. Simon’s Island resort in Georgia before addressing a medical conference. Earlier in the week, President Trump said that he was “not happy” about the private travel. He hinted that he might be willing to fire Price.