Health Secretary Resigns Over Travel Flap

Tom Price is out after taking expensive charter flights
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2017 4:03 PM CDT
Health Secretary Resigns Over Travel Flap
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, left, with Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis, attends an opioid roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump's health secretary has resigned after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss, the AP reports. Tom Price's partial repayment and public regrets couldn't save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president's Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted. Price served less than eight months.

Trump had said he was "not happy" with Price for hiring private charters on the taxpayer's dime for official travel, when cheaper commercial flights would have worked. The flap over Price has overshadowed Trump's agenda and prompted scrutiny of other Cabinet members' travel. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee has launched a broad investigation of top political appointees. (Read more Tom Price stories.)

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