Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned amid mounting outcry over his use of private jets and military aircraft for government business, which was first reported by POLITICO last week. "Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted," the White House said in a statement. Story Continued Below Price, whose travel practices were condemned by President Donald Trump and is the subject of federal inquiries, had taken at least 26 charter flights since May to conduct official business in the United States, costing taxpayers more than $ 400,000. The White House had also approved his use of military aircraft for trips to Africa, Europe and Asia, which cost more than $ 500,000. Price said on Thursday that he would no longer use private planes and will pay back the Treasury about $ 52,000 for the cost of his travel. But that ultimately wasn't good enough for Trump, who was incensed by Price's lavish spending of taxpayer dollars. Price, who took the helm of HHS in February after representing Georgia in Congress for more than a decade, is Trump's first Cabinet secretary to step down. Several other Cabinet secretaries in recent weeks have come under scrutiny for using expensive non-commercial travel. The White House said Trump plans to designate Don Wright, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, to serve as acting secretary.
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