HHS Secretary: I'll Reimburse Government for Charter Flights

Tom Price apologizes for costly travel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 28, 2017 4:08 PM CDT
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price attends an opioid roundtable discussion in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is apologizing for taking costly charter flights on the taxpayer's dime and says he is cooperating with investigations into his travel. Price says he'll reimburse the government by writing a check Thursday to reimburse Treasury, and he's pledging not to take any more charters, the AP reports. He says he wasn't "sensitive enough" to the concerns the charters would create about the use of taxpayer dollars.

His statement comes after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump was not thrilled with Price's flights. Trump had publicly declared his displeasure a day earlier. Trump left open the possibility that Price would be fired, but Price said Thursday he thinks he still has the president's confidence. The brouhaha started with a Politico investigation into the flights. (Read more Tom Price stories.)

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