Tom Price’s jet pains keep getting worse.
According to a new report in Politico, the Health and Human Services Secretary’s proclivity for flying on private and military planes has cost taxpayers more than $1 million, for both domestic jaunts and trips overseas.
In a statement released on Thursday, Price pledged to reimburse the government for the cost of those flights, claiming: “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”
Of course, that means Price is only reimbursing the cost of his “seat.” According to HHS, the cost of his seat comes to $51,887.31 — a very small fraction of the $1 million+ his jet-fetish has cost taxpayers.
And it’s unlikely Price will get much public support from the White House on this hot-button controversy. According to Axios‘ Jonathan Swan, President Donald Trump, who has left the fate of Price’s job up in the air, is “enjoying torturing” the HHS sec.
Watch an MSNBC report on the story above.
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