Friday, September 29, 2017

Trump’s Health Secretary Resigns

Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, resigned after taking private and military jets at taxpayer expense while heading one of the U.S.’s largest government agencies.

Trump intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as acting secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday. He currently serves as deputy assistant secretary for health.

Price, 62, quit after it was revealed by Politico that he took more than two dozen private flights at taxpayer expense as well as trips to Europe, Africa and Asia on military aircraft.

The HHS department’s Office of Inspector General launched an investigation, as did Congress. Price is the first cabinet secretary to leave the administration, though Trump’s volatile White House has already seen the departure of several top staffers.

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