Tom Price ‘Regrets’ Chartering Flights at Taxpayer Expense

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Tom Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Thursday at the White House. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services who has been rebuked by President Trump for racking up at least $400,000 in recent private jet flights, said on Thursday that he would reimburse the government for the cost of the travel and stop taking private charter flights.

“I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars,” Mr. Price said in a statement relayed through a spokeswoman.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” he said in the statement. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”

Mr. Price also said that he would cooperate with the department’s inspector general’s office on a review of his travel.

Mr. Trump, who is known to dislike appearances of financial waste, is said to have grown increasingly frustrated with a series of reports published by Politico that detailed Mr. Price’s spending habits.

Politico has revealed that Mr. Price has made at least 26 such flights, including trips to Nashville, where his son lives and where Mr. Price owns a condominium, and to St. Simons Island, a Georgia resort area where Mr. Price owns property and recently spoke at a medical conference. Mr. Price also chartered a flight that included travel to Philadelphia from Dulles International Airport in Virginia, a distance of about 130 miles.

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