Trump’s health boss goes

Sunday Tasmanian - - News | World - Wash­ing­ton

DON­ALD Trump’s health sec­re­tary, Tom Price, has re­signed af­ter costly char­ter flights trig­gered in­ves­ti­ga­tions and an­gered the Pres­i­dent.

The Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary be­came the first mem­ber of the Pres­i­dent’s Cabi­net to leave of­fice in a tur­bu­lent young ad­min­is­tra­tion that has seen sev­eral high­rank­ing White House aides ousted.

Mr Price served less than eight months.

Mr Trump had said he was “not happy” with Mr Price for hir­ing pri­vate char­ters on the tax­pay­ers’ dime for of­fi­cial travel, when cheaper com­mer­cial flights would have worked.

Mr Price is a “good man,” Mr Trump said, but “I don’t like the op­tics,” he said.

Mr Price, an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon turned politi­cian, rose to Bud­get Com­mit­tee chair­man in the House, where he was known as a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive.

Mr Trump touted him as a con­ser­va­tive pol­icy ex­pert who could write a new health care Bill to re­place the Obama-era Af­ford­able Care Act.

The per­cep­tion of Mr Price jet­ting around while GOP politi­cians fought to re­peal “Oba­macare” raised eye­brows on Capi­tol Hill.

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