aside HHS Secretary Tom Price Has Resigned From His Post On September 29, 2017

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TV new journalists have been reporting that the republican President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation letter dated September 29, 2017 by the ( U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) HHS Secretary Tom Price.

The White House has announced that Don Wright, a top deputy at HHS, will be serving as acting secretary of Health and Human Services until a new secretary can be confirmed by the Senate.

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Here is the rest of the story as to what occurred prior to Mr. Price’s departure...

On September 29, 2017, Steve Holland of Reuters penned the following report, “Trump says will decide health secretary Tom Price’s fate soon.”

Excerpts:

“President Donald Trump said he would decide later on Friday (9/29/17) whether to keep Tom Price in the job as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, expressing disappointment in Price’s use of expensive ($400,000) private charter flights for government business.”

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“I‘m not happy. OK? I‘m not happy,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn.”

“Trump, currently trying to sell his tax cut plan and oversee the federal response to devastation wreaked by three hurricanes, saw the Price drama as an unnecessary distraction and behind the scenes was telling aides “what was he thinking?,” a source close to the president told Reuters.”

“Price promised on Thursday (9/28/17) to repay the nearly $52,000 cost of his seats on private charter flights. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price, a former congressman, said.”

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“Trump told reporters that the “optics” of Price’s travel were not good since, as president, he is spending a lot of time trying to renegotiate U.S. contracts to get a better deal for taxpayers.”

 “Price was also seen in the White House as having been ineffective in getting Congress to pass healthcare reform legislation, an effort that has fizzled on Capitol Hill.”

“Price was one of a handful of senior officials in Trump’s administration put on the defensive over reports about their use of charter flights and government aircraft, sometimes for personal travel, when they could have flown commercial for less money.”

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“Washington news media outlet Politico has reported that Price had taken at least two dozen private charter flights since May at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of more than $400,000.”

“Politico in a report on Thursday night (9/28/17) said the White House had approved the use of military aircraft for other trips by Price to Africa, Europe and Asia in the spring and summer that cost taxpayers more than $500,000.”

“Senior U.S. government officials travel frequently, but are generally expected to keep costs down by taking commercial flights or the train when possible.”

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have also been in the spotlight for their travel habits.”

9 comments

    • Dear Rugby843,

      You are right on the money. It looks like there have been other cabinet members doing likewise like Mr. Zinke, Mr. Mnuchin, and Mr. Pruitt. It seems that working around billionaires went to their heads.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. One down … a few hundred more to go. And now, poor little Trumpy will have to find another, equally unqualified and mismatched candidate for the position. Drain the swamp? All the did was brought in bigger alligators. Sigh.
    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      The president has gotten rid of some nasty alligators like Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, the Mooch, Sebastian Gorka and now Tom Price. There are too many left.

      Tom Price as a former congressional representative knew better and he just didn’t care. What a fool.

      For awhile, I thought Rex Tillerson would be gone.But he is the only American witness who knows what the president said to Putin at the summer G7 meeting in Germany.This means that he’ll be around for some time yet.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • This is true, but then … he was the one that brought those alligators — Bannon, Gorka, Mooch, etc — to the White House in the first place … and Price, of course. There are even worse ones out there, I fear. The whole administration seems to view their positions as opportunities for their own personal enrichment. Sigh. Hugs!!!

        • Dear Jill,

          The billionaires in the WH must think that they are something special. At least, Betsy DeVos uses her own plane. Tom Price was beyond clueless. He used to hound democrats for even thinking about doing what he did for months.

          The list of folks that I would like to see gone are Scott Pruitt, Betsy DeVos, Ryan Zinke and Rex Tillerson. Normally Jeff Sessions would be number one on the list. This is my fantasy list.

          Hugs, Gronda

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