Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price resigned on Sept. 29, 2017. His overuse of charter jets put him in the hot seat a few days ago.
Since February, when he took office, he racked up $52,000 using military and private jets. The press secretary announced that President Donald J. Trump accepted the letter of resignation earlier in the day.
Price reassured that public that he would pay the U.S. for all expenses incurred during his use of the chartered jets. Moreover, he apologized for the scandal.
The president expressed his concern with the optics of the situation, telling reporters he was not happy about the situation. It is unknown at this time if Trump requested the resignation.
On Sept. 28, Trump was asked about firing Price, he dismissed it with, “We’ll see.” In the past, the president has told the press the same thing. He did this with pardoning Joe Apropos and firing James Comey. Since Price resigned, that eliminates the president’s need for a decision.
Don Wright, the deputy assistant secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will be appointed an interim secretary of the HHS, according to USA Today. This was announced on the same day Price tendered his resignation.
By Cathy Milne
USA Today: President Trump has accepted HHS Secretary Tom Price’s resignation, White House says
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