Sec. of Health and Human Services Tom Price blames anti-Trump activists for his private jet scandal. His use of private jets is estimated to have cost taxpayers at least $400,000 according to Vanity Fair.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, too, has all but made it a rule that he must travel via chartered planes, following a traumatic incident wherein the former congressman suffered through a flight delay. (Never again, he swore.) According to an investigation by Politico, since being confirmed, Price has taken private planes for official business at a cost of at least $400,000 to taxpayers, often for short trips like from D.C. to Philadelphia where airline tickets run in the low hundreds, and a car or train ride would have just as easily sufficed.
On the other hand, he also thinks this whole thing is some kind of witch hunt designed to take down allies of Donald Trump. “Remember that there are folks who want to see this president fail; there are folks who want to see this administration fail,” Price said. “That is part of the stream; we are swimming upstream against that kind of current, but that’s not dissuading us at all.”