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Sep 29 - Tom Price has Resigned
 

 
Damn, another one bites the dust.

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(CNN)President Donald Trump accepted the resignation of Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes.

Price's departure came as he's being investigated by the department's inspector general for using private jets for multiple government business trips, even to fly distances often as short as from Washington to Philadelphia.

The scandal infuriated Trump, who viewed the controversy as a needless distraction from his agenda. Over the course of the week, Trump fumed to aides about Price's flights, which he deemed "stupid," according to multiple sources. Instead of moving past the storm, Price's offer to reimburse the government for only a fraction of the flights' costs enraged Trump further.

Price and his aides have insisted that the trips he took by private charter jet had been approved through the usual legal and ethics offices at HHS. But the appearance of a millionaire Cabinet secretary flying routes easily navigated by far cheaper means proved an optics nightmare for an administration already accused of being out of touch with regular Americans.

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Price is the latest casualty in an administration that's seen a high rate of dramatic departures over its first eight months. Since taking office, Trump has dismissed or seen quit his national security adviser, press secretary, communications director, chief strategist, acting attorney general and FBI director. The tumult has come as Trump struggles to fulfill key aspects of his agenda on Capitol Hill, and as his team confronts its most dire challenge yet on a storm-demolished Puerto Rico.

Trump was incensed that Price's actions undermined his vow to "drain the swamp," though Price is not the only Cabinet official to have used private air charters to travel around the country. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have both flown on private planes during their tenures in the administration.

The White House said this week it was examining whether to adopt stricter oversight of Cabinet secretaries' travel plans.
The first sign of Trump's ire emerged on Wednesday, when he said only "we'll see" after being asked if he was planning to fire Price. Neither Trump nor his top aides could say in the following days whether Price retained the President's confidence.
"I was looking into it and I will look into it. I will tell you personally, I'm not happy about it," Trump told reporters. "I am not happy about it I'm going to look at it. I let him know it."

Price himself offered a rosier picture, telling CNN on Thursday evening that he "absolutely" planned to stay on as health secretary -- a claim that was ultimately not meant to be.

Trump, who never grew as close to Price as he has to some of his aides, also viewed the health secretary as an ineffective promoter of Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, an effort that has failed multiple times over the course of Trump's eight months in office.

During a rally with Boy Scouts in July, Trump quipped that if Price couldn't wrangle the votes, he'd dismiss him.

"He better get them. Oh, he better," Trump said. "Otherwise I'll say, 'Tom, you're fired.' "

Price didn't get the votes, but it was his use of private aircraft that ultimately led to his demise in the Trump administration.

Politico first reported Price's use of charter jets for official business last week and found that the secretary has traveled on charter flights at least 24 times since May, citing people familiar with his travel plans and a review of HHS documents.
Charter plane operators estimated 24 flights would have cost $400,000, Politico reported. Commercial trips would have cost thousands of dollars less. The Health and Human Services inspector general is reviewing whether the means of travel was appropriate.

Later, it was revealed that Price also took US military aircraft on two trips abroad, bringing the total cost of his non-commercial travel to more than $1 million. The military flights were approved by the White House.

Price's travel breaks with the precedent set by former President Barack Obama's HHS secretaries Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who flew commercially when flying within the US.

Price said in a statement on Thursday that would write a personal check to the US Treasury to cover the cost of his travel on private charter planes.

"The taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes," he proclaimed, though it was later revealed he would only pay for his seat and not the total cost of chartering a plane.

An HHS spokesperson said the check would come to $51,887.31, a small percentage of the total cost of the private flights.

Price, both in his role as Trump's health boss and as a Republican congressman from Georgia, was a frequent critic of government spending. He told CNN in April that he wanted to cut redundancy and waste in his agency.

"For us to say, 'OK, let's just throw more money at that system, let's see if more money helps that out,' is the wrong way," Price told CNN's Sanjay Gupta.

While at HHS, Price played an integral part helping craft many iterations of alternatives to Obamacare -- all of which ultimately failed to pass. Price was also part of the executive opioid commission announced by Trump in March.

Prior to his role in the administration, Price was a Georgia representative for over 10 years, and was an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years. He was the third doctor to hold the HHS secretary position.




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35 comments for "Sep 29 - Tom Price has Resigned"

 1 year ago '17        #2
FukBoiFras 21 heat pts21
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Heisenberg 139 heat pts139
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This administration is a disaster.

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We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning

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Claudinho69 7 heat pts
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issa a every friday thing

 1 year ago '08        #7
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 Claudinho69 said
issa a every friday thing
Bruh, they are legit having a season of the apprentice in the DAMN WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cuttysark 17 heat pts17
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Main reason i cant get into House of Cards

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 Claudinho69 said
issa a every friday thing
cause thats where news storys go to die

 1 year ago '04        #10
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 acemaniacstone said
Main reason i cant get into House of Cards
HOCs seems so tame compared to this administration

 1 year ago '12        #11
Gramz 837 heat pts837
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Absolutely ridiculous at this point

 1 year ago '12        #12
Heisenberg 139 heat pts139
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I like how trump said I don't like the optics of it. Like he's mad it GOT OUT not that he did it. Most corrupt admin

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 Heisenberg said
This administration is a disaster.
Price failed to present a passable healthcare plan that's why he's being fired

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 Claudinho69 said
issa a every friday thing
And I won 20 bucks off my homie today. I bet him Price would be fired

Trump old school d*ckhead boss type, son wait till after ya lunch break on payday to can you


Iím in GA I know people On the state level of politics who have called this dude a worm a*s thief for years. Literally was counting down to this

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Heisenberg 139 heat pts139
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 Sin said
Price failed to present a passable healthcare plan that's why he's being fired
Even if that's true he got fired because he failed to give trump a win then using tax payers money for his own personal gain? Somehow that's worse. I mean we all know trump wouldn't mind this going on. It's the fact it got out there was the problem. Same with Michael Flynn

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 Heisenberg said
Even if that's true he got fired because he failed to give trump a win then using tax payers money for his own personal gain? Somehow that's worse. I mean we all know trump wouldn't mind this going on. It's the fact it got out there was the problem. Same with Michael Flynn
this paper has a poll on who you want to see get canned next


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 tdnupe3 said
Bruh, they are legit having a season of the apprentice in the DAMN WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol, more like game of thrones,

Trump = Joffery.......yea, you already know.

John Kelly = Tywin Lannister, really running sh*t.

Ivanka = Cersce who wants more power.

Don Jr = Jamie, getting his hand cut off.

Bannon = Tyrion

Mike Flynn would have been Varys heading up Trump's National Security.

Jared Kushner = little finger because he looks like a younger version and is just and sneaky and cut throat.

If you watched seasons 1-4, you can easily see how these fit.

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Shout out from the Motorsippi Op

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The hearings for his replacement are gonna be interesting.

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another one bites the dust

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 servesurite said
another one bites the dust
Draining the swamp at its finest this guy was chartering private flights when cheaper commercial flights were available. Misusing government money get him out of here

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 phantomnation said
Lies

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❌Tom Price
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 dc3003 said
Lies
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney fired by the Justice Department last week, was investigating Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price at the time of his dismissal, Pro Publica reported Friday.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Price admitted that he had traded stock in health-related companies while co-sponsoring healthcare legislation in Congress.

Democrats accused Price of using his congressional office to benefit himself, though the former lawmaker insisted that the trades were proper and legal.

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