Kelly to oversee most Cabinet travel after Price resigns

by Samuel Chamberlain
September 30, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been given the authority to sign off on most Cabinet members’ travel on government–owned, rented, leased or chartered aircraft following the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Kelly’s new responsibility was laid out in a memo Friday night by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. The new protocol exempts those required to fly on government planes for security reasons, like the secretary of defense and secretary of state.

“We are public servants,” Mulvaney wrote in the memo. “Every penny we spend comes from the taxpayer. We thus owe it to the taxpayer to work as hard managing that money wisely as the taxpayer must do to earn it in the first place.”

Price resigned earlier Friday amid criticism over his repeated use of private planes to travel to official engagements. On Thursday, Price had expressed “regrets” and offered to pay back nearly $52,000 — though that amount represented a fraction of the total cost.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jose says:

    The exempt should be able to provide a none classified reason for the travel and if it is classified then Kelly should still be in the need to know just to make sure it was for government business not lobbying (like gets votes) purposes.

  • Jmanjo says:

    Price’s air travel was nothing compared to what the nation shelled out for Pelosi to just fly home all the time from DC. Why didn’t the media run over her butt, she should have walked.

    1. pmbalele says:

      Kelly should start overseeing Sessions’ travel. He is going everywhere in the country campaigning for 2020 WH GOP nomination to unseat Trump.

      1. KT says:

        That is a lie!!! You have know idea what Sessions & Trump are doing on behalf of America behind the scenes… Conspiracy crap is what you are repeating!!

    2. Gary Smith says:

      Do not forget Obamas vacations

    3. Pete says:

      Keeping in mind the two faced nature , the MSM will never castigate anyone on the left regardless of what they do. If the MSM is supportive of it, 9 chances out of 10 it’s as crooked as a dogs hind leg.

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