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Will Trump Fire Tom Price Over Private Flights? 'We'll See'

After a series of stories spotlighted the secretary of Health and Human Services’s expensive, taxpayer-funded travel, the president said he was unhappy.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, has garnered widespread condemnation for his use of taxpayer-funded charter jets, and on Wednesday he gained another noisy critic: his boss.

“I was looking into it and I will look into it,” President Trump said of Price’s travel. “I will tell you personally, I’m not happy about it. I am not happy about it, and I’m going to look at it. I let him know it.”

Trump declined to say whether he had confidence in Price. Asked whether he’d fire the Cabinet member, replied, “We’ll see.”

Price is only the latest member of the Trump administration to earn the president’s ire, and the record is ambiguous on how such against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who remains in place.

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