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Price says he still has Trump’s support

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price declined to comment on whether his taxpayer-funded use of charter jets was appropriate. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Thursday said he believes he still has the president’s support, but refused to answer questions about whether he regrets using private jets for official business or plans to pay the government back.

Price was promoting flu vaccine awareness at the National Press Club, where he delivered brief remarks, got a flu shot on camera, then promptly left before a scheduled question-and-answer session.

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Met by reporters outside, the secretary declined to comment about whether his taxpayer-funded use of charter jets was appropriate and said he is waiting on the outcome of an HHS inspector general review.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was “not happy” with Price’s use of private jets for routine travel, and he has fumed about it privately to aides.

Donald Trump and Tom Price are pictured. | AP Photo

“I think we’ve still got the confidence of the president,” Price told reporters.

POLITICO, which first reported on Price’s travel last week, has identified more than $ 400,000 he spent on charter jets since May. Price on Saturday said he would halt his charter-jet travel pending the inspector general’s review.

Price, who spoke with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, said the conversation was focused on public health issues.

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