Sec. Tom Price Apologizes For Chartering Private Jets, Claims He Will Reimburse US Treasury For The Costs

The Associated Press reports:

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price apologized Thursday for his use of a private plane for official business after President Trump said he was “not happy” with Price. Price said he plans to reimburse taxpayers and will fly commercial in the future.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday about Price as he departed the White House for a trip to Indianapolis to sell his tax plan. Asked whether he’s planning on firing Price, Trump responded: “We’ll see.” Price said Saturday he would stop flying private planes on official business while an internal review of the flights is being done. He’s also said he welcomes the review.

Price reportedly blew over $400,000 on 13 chartered flights. Earlier this week his spokesman defended the luxury travel, saying Price needed them to “stay connected with real American people.”

  • bkmn

    I expect he will find a way to prepay himself for those flights, out of taxpayer money.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/580233674c838fbf8f0e092a2eaa58e1cc9a113b61caddda59be4a8ac9c37114.jpg

  • Stogiebear

    Tell you what, just send me the $300K and I’ll consider myself stayed connected with.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      How are you? Are you close to Stonebriar Mall?

      • Stogiebear

        Doing fairly well. I’m about an hour away down in south Irving.

  • Gustav2

    He is going to sell some healthcare stock he bought when he was regulating healthcare.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I’d like to see the processed check please

    • TampaDink

      Another processed check I’d like to see is the one hair furor promised to vets organizations.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        And the $1M he promised to PR hurricane relief.

        • TampaDink

          That would be another great cancelled check to display.
          I’m not going to hold my breath.

          • bzrd

            it’s difficult for the Resident Nazi to write that check with his charity under investigation

      • MBear

        LOLOLOLOLOL

        • FAEN

          That was pretty much going to be my response.

        • TampaDink

          I know….sometimes I have to laugh to prevent myself from crying my fucking eyes out.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        And the left over inauguration funds that were going to be given to charity.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      The check’s in the mail. Promise.

    • Frank Conway

      Maybe the payment will come from his foundation. Oh wait, that’s Trump!

  • Jeffg166

    Take a bus, train or subway to be in touch with real Americans.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Public trains. When Amtrak seems like a spa.

  • JoeMyGod
  • m_lp_ql_m

    Remember, Harvey Milk rode Muni everywhere.

    • clay

      Biden :: Amtrak

    • CB

      I saw John McCain at Laguardia last year. He was flying commercial.

  • Nic Peterson

    Now where did I place that ‘sure, Jan’ meme. it was just here a second ago.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    He ‘stayed connected to the American people’, by robbing them. Thief.

    • clay

      His hand stayed connected to the crowd’s wallets at all time.

  • Michael R
  • JoeMyGod
    • 2guysnamedjoe

      So rich.
      So cheap.

      • boatboy_srq

        Well, that’s part of how they got rich.

        • Christopher

          Exactly!

          When I was a server, the wealthier customers were always the worst tippers.

    • boatboy_srq

      Good grief.

      That’s like inviting 100 guests to a banquet with a live band and only paying for your own meal and the drummer.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Sec. Tom Price Apologizes For Getting Caught Chartering Private Jets.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
  • JoeMyGod
  • Jefe5084

    Dig into that pile of loot you got from your fraudulent stock deals. You f’ing piece of scum.

  • JoeMyGod

    CNN’s Jake Tapper also just ripped the “loophole” in Price’s apology, suggesting that Price will only pay for himself and not the staffers that traveled with him.

    • Gustav2

      Republicans think everyone else is stupid.

      • Tulle Christensen

        They have been dealing with their base too much

        • Gustav2

          I almost went there. lol

      • Judas Peckerwood

        When it comes to the voters who elect and reelect them, they have a point.

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      • boatboy_srq

        Republicsns think everyone else is as stupid as their voters.

      • another_steve

        Stupid and selfish.

        As others here are suggesting, today’s Republican base is in fact stupid and selfish. Republican politicians like Price and Trump feel no need to speak to anyone else.

        • Lawerence Collins
        • JackFknTwist

          As I have written many times, these people, Tories, have no respect or appreciation that we have all formed a “society”……..that we have a social contract to which we have all subscribed with those initial words : “We the people…….”

          The “Society” of the US American people started with that document and the Tories are disgracing it with their selfish, grabbing, greedy self-centred individualistic mania.

          • another_steve

            Thank you, Jack.

            America has been hijacked by the theofascist right. Donald J. Trump is a “useful idiot” to them, as he is to Vladimir Putin.

            Look at who Trump has appointed to his cabinet. Look at who he’s filling the federal bench with. Theofascists, all.

            For the moment, we’re fucked.

            But this too shall pass.

          • JackFknTwist

            You know, Trump has forgotten that the USA has a wealth of astounding intellectual people and institutions. With 5 Nobel Prizes in one year, if I remember a few years ago.

            Sure I see the fascists, sure I see the louds mouths, the racists, the bigots, the would-be Na zis.
            But no one should fear that they are the majority. They are just the loudest; but they were not the majority in the Pres. Election, they are not the majority now.

            I just hope to Christ the younger generation wake up and realize that they have the power through the ballot box if they want to have a more decent social contract among us all.
            We need to f uck out the Prices & the Moores & Kushners & Trumps. …….and all the greedy social climbers.

          • another_steve

            I like your take on things, Jack.

            Were I not already married, I might marry you.

          • JackFknTwist

            I would just like to say : “I do”.

        • Sporkfighter

          I don’t think being stupid and selfish is a successful strategy. There’s always a smarter sociopath around.

      • cleos_mom

        No; they don’t need everyone else. They’ve been able to depend on their confederation of bubbleheads since the early 1980s.

    • FAEN

      Good! Glad he did.

    • CB

      So shall we assume that each of his staffers will pay for THEIR seats. Probably most of their annual salary.

    • William

      Well, the plane was already going that way….

    • Not just a loophole. Confirmed intent to only pay about 13% of what it cost.

      https://twitter.com/finnygo/status/913503846558834695

      • boatboy_srq

        Watch for him trying to stick his staff with their shares of the bill.

        They probably shouldn’t join him for lunch or for drinks after work, either.

    • JAKvirginia

      Staffers…they’re like luggage, right?

    • boatboy_srq

      Well, THEY made the choice not to fly coach.

      /s

      • FAEN

        If you don’t want to fly coach, don’t fly coach.

        Tom Price

        • David Walker

          And get the real American people to pay lots of money so you don’t have to associate with real American people.

    • Harveyrabbit

      He can use the money he pays back as a big tax deduction.

    • David Walker

      Chris Hayes interviewed someone last night just before Rachel. Among his conclusions were that there is no sense of public service and, as in business, anything they do is owed them. What CEO or board president of a seemingly endlessly wealth company would give a second thought to chartering private transport? It’s owed them…they deserve it. None of these people is worth it. The bit about staying touch with “real American people” would seem to mean his fellow rich jerk-offs.

    • jayjonson

      He will reimburse $51,000. He squandered $400,000. He can’t help being a grifter. Always read the fine print when you deal with Trumpsters.

    • WretchedMouse

      I was about to comment, oh that is a stand up thing to do but oh wait…

  • m_lp_ql_m

    “Taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat”

    He’s not one of those people who use “seat” as a synonym for “ass,” is he?

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Well, I use Tom Price as synonymous with ass. Is that the same thing?

  • MBear

    LOCK IT UP
    LOCK IT UP
    LOCK IT UP

  • BearEyes

    Will his passport be held as collateral?

    • billbear1961

      Damned well SHOULD be!

    • crewman

      Should bank robbers who get caught just have to pay back the money and then go on their way? Where are the penalties? Where is the accountability?

      • boatboy_srq

        Accountability? From this maladministration?

        • cleos_mom

          Accountability?

          Six-syllable word.

          You’re an elitist with buk smartz, aren’t you?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      , … and his house, please.

      • David Walker

        …just to be sure.

  • MikeBx2

    Ok great. Show us the money.

  • FAEN

    Only because you got ’embarrassed’ into paying.

    Fucking asshole.

  • PickyPecker
    • billbear1961

      ALL of it!

  • William

    Fire his loser ass, then prosecute him for insider trading.

    • billbear1961

      ^^This!!^^

    • FAEN

      Hate to tell you matey-Never. Going. To. Happen.

      • Could happen at the NY state level. Schneiderman hasn’t stopped HIS investigation.

        • FAEN

          But it probably won’t. Would be great if it did.

  • https://twitter.com/finnygo/status/913503846558834695

    This is about 1/8 of what it cost to fly those planes, which would never have been chartered if Price hadn’t chartered them.

  • netxtown

    Could have saved over 75% in travel costs if he would have connected with the not real American people….

  • GayOldLady

    I Don’t trust this pasty old bag of bones as far as I could throw him. He illegally sold stock with insider information and he chartered jets for silly things like a lunch date with his son. We need a Congressional inquiry into his behavior both as a Senator and as a Cabinet Member.LOCK HIM UP.

  • HZ81

    Just put in on the Government’s standing Mar-a-Shithole bill.

  • JAKvirginia

    “Taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat.”

    Sorry, sweetie. They already did! You’re just paying them back. And only because you got caught. Skip the Mr. Moral routine, m’kay?

    • Dorothy Rothchild

      Odds on he’ll only reimburse the amount of a commercial flight (as Mnuchin did).

      • -M-

        If he wanted to charter a plane that would’ve been fine so long as he was paying for the additional cost.

        Reimbursing part of the difference, only because he got caught is insufficient.

      • The_Wretched

        Such a cheat. The harm is the cost the taxpayer had to foot – or at least the spent amount less the cost of the commercial flight he should have taken.

        • -M-

          Plus a penalty.

  • Hank
    • Yep, plus projection. No doubt as a House Rep, he was jealous and eager to start living high on the taxpayer dime as soon as he had access to do so.

    • RoverSerton

      You got to keep that away from this administration or you’ll break it.

      • Hank

        I have a couple of other Hypocrisy memes to alternate. My first and favorite is the “Hypocrisy Certificate”

    • Gianni

      Yes, when he was a Senator. It’s obviously a different ball game when one gets to run an agency and toss taxpayer money toward anything that personally suits them.

  • Erstwhile, the Trumpers really do have the stupidest fucking attorneys on the entire planet.

    A congressional request for information on White House adviser Jared Kushner’s private email use ended up in CNN’s hands on Thursday after his high-powered D.C. attorney accidentally forwarded it to an Internet prankster.

    As CNN reported, Kushner had apparently never disclosed his personal email account to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, irritating lawmakers who only learned of its existence from press reports. His attorney, Abbe Lowell, received an indignant email from the committee asking Kushner to turn over all relevant documents from his “personal e-mail account described in the news media as well as all over accounts, messaging apps, or similar communications channels you may have used or that may contain information relevant to our inquiry,” according to CNN.

    That’s where things took a wrong turn. Instead of forwarding the letter to his real client, Lowell accidentally sent it to a British prankster who had punked Lowell a few days ago, who in turn passed it along to CNN.

    This is the second time this week that Lowell has been caught up in a private email-related snafu with this prankster, who goes by the handle @SINON_REBORN on Twitter.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/abbe-lowell-accidentally-forwards-senate-intelligence-committee-letter-prankster-not-kushner

    I suppose we should be grateful for their incompetence.

    • The_Wretched

      Absent their incompetence, we’d be as bad off as Puerto Rico already.

    • ChrisMorley

      Thanks too, to the Brit prankster who punked Kushner’s attorney and fed the results to CNN.

    • BTW, Rep Schiff on CNN is strongly implying he feels Kushner committed a federal crime by failing to disclose these private email accounts when he testified earlier this summer before the committee.

      • bzrd

        kushner has committed so many crimes that another_steve has made reservations at The Jail House in upstate Nambia

        • Gustav2

          Well, maybe the Red Roof Inn down the road.

        • ChrisMorley

          He’s building an underground dungeon.

          • bzrd

            could do both

    • boatboy_srq

      This is the one reason pResident tRump scares me less than pResident Pence. Pence at least would ensure own-goal errors like this would be far less frequent.

    • Gustav2

      Is it OK I am giggling?

  • coram nobis

    “The Price is Right” isn’t on the air any more.

  • anne marie in philly

    he will NEVER cough up ANY money; it’s all for show! muthafucka liar!

    • David Walker

      Agreed. 45 is acting all indignant and angry so its base thinks it cares.

  • Hank

    HHS pick Tom Price made ‘brazen’ stock trades while his committee was under scrutiny
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/hhs-pick-tom-price-made-brazen-stock-trades-committee-scrutiny/

    • Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara was investigating this case when he was fired by the yowling pumpkin-headed hellbeast.

  • In case you didn’t already know our President is a sociopathic, inhuman monster:
    https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/913506662752821249

  • Ninja0980

    You’re sorry that you got caught, nothing more then that.
    And you ever, EVER utter anything about how we all how to cut costs again, got it asshole?!

  • On-topic, more or less, and continuing to be illustrative of the degree to which these brazen plutocratic bastards were out to live like royalty:
    https://twitter.com/Carrasquillo/status/913506046844563456

    • Tomcat

      Oh boy free meals and banquets.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Yes I hate those freeloading welfare queens expecting tax payers to pick up the tab…wait he is an old rich white guy, oh then chow down buddy /s

        edit: added rich

        • Tomcat

          Old (RICH) white guy. Left out rich.

          • Tomcat

            I am an old white guy, but I get nothing from our government.

          • Tulle Christensen

            well I got something right here for ya, wink wink say no more

          • Tulle Christensen

            oops, we all make mistakes now and then

  • Another Swamp monster with no heart or conscience.

  • another_steve
  • Phil2u

    Ain’t holding my breath on that promise

  • Ken M

    He should pay his debt like “Real Americans.” Minimum monthly payment till he’s paid off over a max of 24 months. It should also diversely effect his credit rating. Again, like “Real Americans.” So anything less than what will no doubt be First Class Commercial will do. How generous of him.

  • rednekokie

    Disgusting SOB

  • Tomcat

    That is the problem with putting rich people in such high jobs,,, they are such fragile little snowflakes and expect only the best of everything. Now lets look into his lodging and meals to see how he is abusing that also.

    • -M-

      The problem is they expect the rest of us to pay the premium for their luxuries.

      • Tomcat

        That is HOW the rich STAY rich.

  • FelineMama

    Yeah, I’ll believe this BS when I see/hear /read it. Awaiting follow up please!! ‘Meeting with the “Real American People”.’ Right. Actually, I think he WAS meeting with HIS REAL AMERICAN People. They’re still stuck in the Swamp.

  • Tomcat

    If you cannot abuse things what good is being rich?

  • Ken M

    America may roll it’s eyes initially, but this is the kind of news that has to start coming before the NFL. Trump hates the media. What better way to get his attention back on it, that to show the American people the backdoor treachery of his staff. Is it a big story, no. Would 5-10 of them a day get the people’s attention, or disgust eventually? I would like to think so.

  • David Walker
    • justme

      9 That we know if!!!

    • bzrd

      “prongs”
      well, fork them

  • Dayglo

    This douchebag now has less than zero credibility … and absolutely no integrity.

    • Tomcat

      That is job security in trump administration.

      • David Walker

        Exactly so. I seriously doubt that anything will come of this because I think 45 was told to look like he was surprised and angered by this waste of taxpayer money so the base could see that 45 was still on their side.

  • FunButNutz

    Let’s not forget that he lined his pockets with insider information, selling and buying stocks right before his committee voted on new government contracts. This Doctor is a stain on his profession.

    • David Walker

      Not part of the swamp so much as a puddle in the santorum that is our congress.

  • LeeCMH

    Nice to be able to say “on darn, my bad, I’ll reimburse the government for those flights and be able to pay $400,000 out-of-pocket.

    • Tomcat

      Who said he was paying $400,000?

      • Many of us, myself included, assumed at first he was. Only a little later did we find out he’s only offering to pay less than $52k.

        • David Walker

          That’s because of the discount by paying before the due date.

          • Tomcat

            The American dollar is just not worth what it use to be when he flew.

        • Tomcat

          You know real well what ass–uming does for U and me.

        • LeeCMH

          Oh, I did not know that “reimbursement” for Price was $52K.

          Hardly a reimbursement.

  • Adam King

    Resign, you corrupt fuck. Then perform seppuku.

    • Gianni

      He’s have to feel very guilty before he’d consider that. Fat chance!

  • Ken M

    What’s the difference between his misuse of Government funds vs Aaron Schock? Other than Aaron being much hotter. http://queerty-prodweb.s3.amazonaws.com/wp/docs/2015/01/aaron-schock-abs.jpg Just don’t get tired of looking at him, 😉

  • Tomcat

    I tried to join the republican party, but was told I had too much integrity to join.
    Damn, too much heart, brain and morality. Triple threat to the party.

  • Tomcat

    If second class is good enough for our soldiers, it is going to have to be good enough for Price.

  • JHunter
  • dcurlee

    Then write the check now…why are you waiting. Oh I know why just like Trump no one will ever see a dime

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Price: This is a good racket.
    I’m booking a two-week trip to Disney land for me and ten friends and family members – all on the taxpayers dime!
    But don’t worry – if I get caught I’ll reimburse the taxpayers for MY tickets. No harm done!!

  • Natty Enquirer

    I’m beginning to think “We’ll see” = “Huh?”

  • JWC

    We all know it will NEVER be paid back

  • Frostbite

    He had a coupon.

  • CraigNJ

    Fly commercial = 1st class

  • He is paying around $51k for “his seat” on the chartered flights, basically having the taxpayers pay for the $350k of the rest of the bill..

  • TheManicMechanic

    He can repay it with his tax refund.

  • Sean Williams

    So if I steal a TV, it’s okay as long as I agree to pay for it if I am caught?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’m sure he’ll get right on that.

  • The percentage of how much Price is paying for his flights keeps going down as the overall tab goes up.

    We’re now well over $1m in travel for a HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY.

    SecState or Defense, understandable. But HHS?!

    https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/913538525664088064

    • kareemachan

      For “events”?

      Also, his wife looks like some dude in drag – badly. Smug bitchy look, too.

  • RJ Bone

    Receipts, asshole.

  • Franciscan

    “People, you caught me fair and square on this one,” said Price. “I’ll be careful to have my office keep my private arrangements private the next time. For instance, you’ll never hear about my private rail car.”

  • OdieDenCO

    what? no penalty or fee for withholding government fund. must be nice. an regular American that owed that amount to the government would slapped with at least 3% interest penalty. ITMFA and his evil dogs too!

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Uh-huh. And will this reimbursement be like Trump’s imaginary charitable donations (and, um, payments for work completed)?

    • -M-

      So far he’s promising to pay back what the government would have spent on commercial seats just for him. A small fraction of the excessive expenditure. So, yeah a Trump quality promise.

  • mark99k

    And of course nobody will check up to ensure he actually repays a damn cent.

  • SDG

    Yeah, right. The check is in the mail.

  • Tom000

    Price will pay $50,000 of the $400,000 cost of the flights.

  • KaBoomBOX

    The cost of his seat, not the cost of the entire flight that he chartered.

  • Gianni

    This crud needs some serious time in the slammer. Turns out he also chartered military flights which are very much more expensive than private charters.

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  • cleos_mom

    These are the same people who almost shit their pants when President Clinton spent $200 on a haircut. Turned out he’d used his own money but that just made them double down.

  • kareemachan

    I call bullshit. He’ll reimburse just as soon as drumpster gives all that money to charity he promised.

  • Thornton

    His ‘going to reimburse’. Yeah. Sure. Actions speak louder than words. And regarding this so called ‘reimbursement’ happening…..as my mother says….”Don’t hold your breath. You’d look like Hell blue!”

  • easygoingmister

    I skip stories on this guy now because the sight or sound of him makes me violently transform in something akin to Regan in The Exorcist.