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Will Trump Fire Tom Price? President Upset by Health Secretary's Private Flights

28 September 2017, 12:27 | Katrina Lee

Andrew Harnik AP

Andrew Harnik  AP

President Donald Trump said he is "not happy" with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, as revelations continue to emerge about his use of private planes for government travel. "I'm not happy, and I let him know it", Trump said.

Later, asked again about whether he would fire Price, Trump said, "We'll see".

The publication also reported that Price has taken more than 24 private flights since early May, costing taxpayers almost $400,000.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a letter on Wednesday asking Mr Price about his use of "government-owned aircraft for personal travel or private non-commercial aircraft for official travel".

"I was looking into it and I will look into it", Trump said, according to Politico.

In a letter Tuesday, House investigators asked Price and more than 20 other agency heads to list all use of private, charter aircraft and use of government-owned aircraft by political employees since Trump's inauguration.

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Earlier Wednesday, a top White House official said the administration was awaiting the internal and congressional inquiry into Price's use of private jets but declined to say whether the President had confidence in the secretary.

A spokeswoman, Charmaine Yoest, said Price had once been delayed on a commercial flight and was forced to cancel a public event.

Federal regulations stipulate that "official travel on the part of federal employees must be "by the most expeditious means of transportation practicable" and 'commensurate with the nature and objective of the [employee's] duties, ' and by no means should include personal use", according to the letter.

Price is not the only member of the Cabinet to be in a precarious position with Trump. I'm going to look at it.

The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it was investigating Price's travel. They spent the next two days - a weekend - on the island, and during those two days Price's official duties consisted of a one-hour speech to the Medical Association of Georgia.

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

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