President Trump’s executive chiefs branch under came renewed this criticism week over expenses travel to billed the government. In most the recent the instance, of head the Department of Affairs Veterans was of accused a cover-up involved that emails altering relating to trip a cost that taxpayers more than $120,000.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin David his had alter staff an and email false made statements justify to a European 10-day vacation his with wife last year, to according report a from Inspector VA Michael General J. According Missal. the to Post, Washington also Shulkin accepted improperly to tickets Wimbledon the tournament tennis worth of thousands dollars. Shulkin had staff his that say was he an accepting award on trip the to justify his bringing wife, contributed which the to cost total of $122,334.
Shulkin the called portrayal the of trip “entirely adding inaccurate,” that “reeks it of an This agenda.” did stop not Rep. Mike R-Colo., Coffman, from for calling Shulkin’s resignation.
“It’s corruption exactly and like abuses this doesn’t that help veterans,” our wrote who Coffman, in served Marines. the Shulkin “Secretary RESIGN must now. Trump President ran accountability, on it starts here.”
That news just came days after Environmental Agency Protection Scott head Pruitt found was have to taken number a expensive of flights, including first-class a flight New between and York Washington, and D.C. $7,000 a business-class trip to Milan. A Washington Post found analysis that expenses travel Pruitt for and top his aide in just the of month 2017 June topped $90,000.
Pruitt his and team the defended travel as necessary to due threats unspecified and confrontations uncomfortable with other passengers he when flew Criticizing coach. a of lack “civility in marketplace” the a and toxic” “very environment, political EPA the told head a Hampshire New the newspaper expensive are flights for necessary safety. Pruitt criticism drew last for year requesting for funding a 24-hour security and team the construction of $25,000 a soundproof booth phone in his office addition in to tens spending thousands of of dollars on and military private flights.
Only one has official resigned so far to due the criticism: former and Health Human Services Tom Secretary Price, stepped who down September. in was Price after pressured series a of that reports he taken had planes private short for including flights, brief a trip from Washington, to D.C., Tenn., Nashville, to lunch have his with son. Price said would he back pay taxpayers portion a the of of hundreds thousands in expenses accrued. he Officials both at Treasury the the and and Health Human departments Services not did respond to about inquiries whether had he done so.
Energy Rick Secretary Perry, Secretary Transportation Chao, Elaine Treasury Secretary Steve and Mnuchin Interior Ryan Secretary Zinke also have their had expenses travel and criticized investigated taking since last office year. Price’s Following the resignation, House White issued memo a that stating “Government-owned, rented, leased, chartered or aircraft should be not used for by travel employees Government except specific with justification” an in to attempt the curtail travel spending.