Tom Price: I 'Regret' Taking Private Jets With Taxpayer Money
Donald Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price claims that he 'regrets' using private jets with taxpayer money according to ABC News . Please note that he could have used stronger language to express contrition, like 'sorry' or 'apologize'.
In a statement, Price said that he "regret[s] the concerns that [his official travel] has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars" and that he "will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes." "The taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” said Price.
The source with knowledge of Price's intentions said that the secretary will pay $51,887.31, about 13 percent of the $400,000 that Politico estimated was spent on as many as 26 chartered flights.
"All of my political career I've fought for the taxpayers," said Price in his statement. "It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer. I know as well as anyone that the American people want to know that their hard-earned dollars are being spent wisely by government officials.