On September 19, 2017, it was discovered that then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price had been using a government plane for his travel at taxpayer expense. According to Politico, during just one week Price used a chartered jet for five different trips — costing the government upwards of $60,000. Price resigned from his position, but he was far from the only Trump administration official to be flying in luxury and letting the public pick up the bill.
Questionable cases of taxpayer-funded travel have become sadly common among officials in the Trump administration – even when they fly on commercial aircraft. In another example, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also faced criticism after it was learned that he and his wife had used a government plane to travel to see the solar eclipse. American Oversight previously called for an investigation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s extensive travel to visit his home state of Oklahoma.
We’re continuing to investigate travel among Trump’s cabinet and seeking documents related to their schedule, expenses, and any additional travel involving the use of government jets.