Trump says he’s not happy with HHS Sec­re­tary Tom Price

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day he is “not happy” with Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Tom Price fol­low­ing re­ports that Price used a pri­vate plane for of­fi­cial busi­ness.

And Trump says he Price know it.

Asked whether he’s plan­ning on fir­ing Price, Trump re­sponded: “We’ll see.”

Trump spoke to reporters Wed­nes­day as he de­parted the White House for a trip to In­di­anapo­lis to sell his tax plan.

Price said Satur­day he would stop fly­ing pri­vate let planes on of­fi­cial busi­ness while an in­ter­nal re­view of the flights is be­ing done. He’s also said he wel­comes the re­view.

Trump’s com­ments came as a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee launched a wide-rang­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of air travel by high-rank­ing Trump of­fi­cials fol­low­ing re­ports that Price used pricey char­ters when cheaper com­mer­cial flights were avail­able.

The House Over­sight and Govern­ment Re­form com­mit­tee sent de­tailed records re­quests to the White House and 24 fed­eral agen­cies.

Signed by com­mit­tee’s top Repub­li­can and Demo­crat, the re­quests de­mand in­for­ma­tion on po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees’ use of govern­ment planes for per­sonal travel, as well as their use of pri­vate char­ters for of­fi­cial travel.

Con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ask­ing for records dat­ing back to Trump’s first day in of­fice.

Sep­a­rately, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice is also look­ing into some two dozen trips re­port­edly taken by Price.

Law­mak­ers are de­mand­ing records by Oct. 10.

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