Trump 'not happy' with United States health chief Price over private travel

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US President Donald Trump has said he is "not happy" with US Health Secretary Tom Price over his private plane travel on official government business.

Price is facing two investigations into his use of private jets amid Republicans' failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Asked if he intends to fire Price, Trump said "We'll see".

On Capitol Hill, the House Oversight Committee released a letter Wednesday revealing it was also investigating the use of private aircraft for official administration business. Lawmakers are demanding information on political appointees' use of government planes for personal travel, as well as their use of private charters for official travel.

The committee is requesting the documents be submitted no later than October 10, according to the letter.

Mr Price's trips have included flying from Washington DC to Nashville for the afternoon, where he spent less than 90 minutes at two scheduled events and had lunch with his son, who lives in the Tennessee city.

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"I will tell you personally, I'm not happy about it", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump's publicly expressed displeasure - or ambivalence - has been a sign in the past that the tenure of a key aide will soon be over. "He's a good person". The only problem is that he once said Trump "looks like he's got a squirrel sitting on his head". Bannon was out three days later.

Asked Wednesday whether he has confidence in Price, Trump declined to offer a clear answer, saying only that he is "looking into it". I am not happy with it.

A congressional committee is launching a wide-ranging examination of air travel by high-ranking Trump officials following reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price used pricey charters when cheaper commercial flights were available.

"I'm not going to comment on that because the President hasn't commented publicly", Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, told reporters. As HHS secretary, he has questioned whether the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people delivers results that are worth the billions of dollars taxpayers spend for the coverage. "The review focuses on whether the travel complied with Federal Travel Regulations, but may encompass other issues related to the travel", said Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman. The exceptions are when they are traveling with the president or vice president, who fly aboard government planes.

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