Friday, September 29, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He accepted the resignation of Tom Price, his Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Price resigned over revelations that, since May, he had used chartered private and government jets costing more than $1 million. In most or all cases, commercial flights were available at a fraction of the cost, though on the roughly $500,000 worth involving military flights, the Trump administration explicitly approved them. The situation was made worse by the fact that Price used these flights to conduct personal business, including a trip on a government-funded jet to his vacation home in Georgia.

Price's resignation was made public shortly after Trump boarded a government-funded jet to travel to his vacation home in New Jersey.

Why should I care about this?

  • Presidents are responsible for the ethical choices of their appointees.
  • Voters who were excited by candidate Trump's promise to "drain the swamp" may have assumed he would begin with his own cabinet.