Recently Politico discovered that Price could have used a commercial plane for many of the trips that he used a private jet.
Politico reported that $17,760 for a chartered flight from Washington to Nashville, Tennessee, on June 6 was paid when commercial flights were available for just a few hundred dollars. Price also used a private plane to fly to the elite Aspen Ideas Festival in June, a trip estimated to have cost more than $7,000. Price began using private air travel after a delayed commercial flight made him miss a public event that his office had planned, according to the Post.
A delayed flight? What a bummer for him.
Secretary Price's reps say he only chartered the jet due to his overwhelmingly demanding schedule. He wanted to meet as many real Americans as possible––normal travel would not allot the time.
However, it didn't take everyone else to catch on to what seems like an exorbitant amount to spend to meet so-called "real" Americans. Aren't real Americans right outside the door?
Overheard: " Tom Price should be fired and sent home on a Greyhound."— Bone Chillin' Cold (@barandsnow) September 23, 2017
“No one is quite sure what Price is doing,” a senior White House has stated. “You look at this week, we’re doing a last final push trying to get this over the finish line, and he’s nowhere to be found.”
Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman for the office has said:
“OIG is conducting a review of Secretary Price’s Federal travel using chartered aircraft. The review focuses on whether the travel complied with Federal Travel Regulations, but may encompass other issues related to the travel. We take this matter very seriously, and when questions arose about potentially inappropriate travel, we immediately began assessing the issue. I can confirm that work is underway and will be completed as soon as possible.”
The taxpayers' reaction?
Mr. Price, might be time to start flying coach!