US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business. He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers.
He did offer to pay $51,887 for his seat on these aircraft, but I guess they wouldn’t have left the ground had he not chartered them in the first place. The blowback was predictable, and Mr. Trump, while demanding loyalty from all, is loyal to none.
Kinda dumb. Think of all the filthy lucre Tom Price loses out on in Mr. Trump’s circus kleptocracy.
Keep in mind, too, that trying to take away health care coverage from millions, including children, wasn’t a factor in this. Private jet travel (aka The Appearance Of Inappropriate Use Of Money) was.
For those keeping score at home, here’s a list of people exiting the Trump administration after, what, eight months (via @BuzzFeedNews):
- Tom Price
- Sebastian Gorka
- Steve Bannon
- Anthony Scaramucci
- Reince Priebus
- Sean Spicer
- Derek Harvey
- Mike Dubke
- James Comey
- K.T. McFarland
- Katie Walsh
- Michael Flynn
- Sally Yates
With the possible exception of James Comey, on whom the jury is still out, good riddance to all.
Remember, the fish rots from the head down.
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