Price Visited Family Members, Longtime Friends On Private Jet Trips

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday at her daily press briefing that Price's travel was not approved by the White House, and was instead improve through HHS.

Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius slammed Price's private jet use in an interview with Bloomberg, noting that "the rules that we operated under, were: commercial travel - economy, unless you were on a plane trip that was more than 12 consecutive hours". The White House will not defend Price's use of charter flights for routine travel, another official said, calling it an inappropriate use of federal money.

Tesia D Williams, a spokeswoman for the HHS inspector general, told the BBC the agency is reviewing whether it was "potentially inappropriate travel".

Five Democratic House members wrote to Price on Wednesday urging him to resign "in light of your breach of the public trust". "I am not happy with him", the Trump said.

"I'm not happy about it".

I don't have a huge problem with government officials doubling-up to visit with friends or family while on official business - who among us hasn't mixed a little pleasure into a work trip from time to time? - but Price's foolish, unforced error makes it all look worse. "I will tell you personally, I'm not happy about it".

The committee has given Mr Price two weeks to hand over the records. The exceptions are when they are travelling with the president or vice-president, who fly aboard government planes.

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The use of private planes by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt is also being looked at, according to reports. A week later he traveled on a government plane to Kentucky, where he and his wife watched the solar eclipse along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the state's senior senator.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks at a press briefing on September 21, 2017.

Gray contacted Price's office Wednesday for reaction to the president's comments but so far, he has not gotten a response.

"He's got a very busy schedule".

"It was not my job to give President Obama hiring or firing advice nor is it my job to give President Trump hiring or firing advice", Gowdy said in an e-mailed statement.

Bannon was out three days later. "The review focuses on whether the travel complied with Federal Travel Regulations, but may encompass other issues related to the travel", said Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman.

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