>> Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned following a slew of embarrassing headlines about his expensive private plane use. President Trump on Friday making it clear he was not pleased at his secretary's pricey habit.>> I was disappointed.>> And Reuters' political correspondent Andy Sullivan says the timing of these stories couldn't have been worse.
>> Just before Price handed in his resignation notice, President Trump told reporters that he didn't like the way that this looked cosmetically.>> Look, I think he's a very fine person, I certainly don't like the optics.>> And that's because right now he is trying to sell this massive tax cut plan that critics say is a give-way to the rich.
Now if you're gonna combat those charges, it doesn't help to have members of your administration flying around on private planes, racking up expensive bills for the taxpayer. There's another irony here, and that's much of the travel that Price was doing was to build the case for spending cuts.
It would amount to more than $1 trillion for the agency that Price was headed. So it's really hard to make the case that the government is spending money in a wasteful manner, when you yourself are racking up very expensive bills to fly around on private planes.>> On Thursday, the Health Secretary attempted to atone for his free rides, promising to repay the nearly $52,000 cost of his seats on private charter flights, a fraction of the cost to taxpayers.
Politico reported his more than two dozen private military flights have cost US taxpayers more than a million dollars. In a statement Thursday, Price saying, he was quote, clearly not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer, but in the end it wasn't enough to save his job. The Georgia doctor served more than a decade in Congress before being named to Trump's cabinet.
But in addition to his flight habit, he's also overseen multiple failed attempts at repealing Obama care. Price's plane use prompting the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday to launch a bipartisan investigation into the use of private planes by all of Trump's cabinet members