Tom Price resigns as health secretary after flights controversy

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is flying right into controversy with the use of 5 private jets for work trips just last week. Veuer's Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story.

President Donald Trump's health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss.

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 8 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.

During Price's time as health secretary, he also failed to follow through on a major Trump campaign promise-- to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Trump intends to designate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Heath, Don J. Wright, to fill the position for the time being. 

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