The US health secretary, Tom Price, would have drawn at least three hundred thousand dollars in the state coffers to finance private flights. It is not illegal for a minister to travel in this way, but the practice is regulated and Tom Price has not followed the procedures. This case added to the failure of the reform on the coverage of health insurance put the Secretary of Health in a delicate position. He has just apologized. In a statement, Tom Price announced Thursday night that it would repay the treasury.
It took two days for the Health Secretary to apologize and promised the Americans that he would reimburse the costs he incurred. According to the Politico website that revealed the case, Tom Price has carried out 26 private jet trips since last month, at the expense of the taxpayer. And not all of these trips were exclusively professional.
For example, the Secretary of Health went with his wife to Georgia where the couple owns a property, a day and a half before a symposium in which he was to participate.
According to the rules in force, members of the government must use this type of transport only when no commercial company is available. However, several commercial flights carried out the same journeys on the same dates.
This case put Donald Trump in a black rage, according to a Republican senator. Asked about the possible dismissal of his minister the US president replied “I will see” without further specification.
The supervisory committee of the House of Representatives opened an inquiry, expanded to 20 other officials, also suspected of spending the taxpayer’s money without counting.