A top government watchdog blasted Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | Drug pricing fight heads to the states | PhRMA spends record amount on lobbying Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional Top LGBT group targets Pence in new campaign MORE for using government travel to go to an Indianapolis Colts game Sunday that he quickly left. 

“CAN WE JUST MAKE IT THROUGH A WEEKEND WITHOUT THIS ADMINISTRATION ABUSING TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITH JET TRAVEL!?” watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) tweeted Sunday.

 

 

Pence and second lady Karen Pence traveled to Indianapolis from Las Vegas for the game Sunday, and flew to California after the game, according to NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard.

 

 

Pence quickly walked out of the game after NFL players kneeled during the national anthem. The move is facing criticism, with one Indianapolis sports columnist accusing Pence of using the game as a political stunt.

CNN reporter Kevin Liptak tweeted Sunday that the aircraft Pence takes can cost over $42,000 an hour to operate, meaning that Pence’s trip could cost upwards of $250,000.

 

 

The jet travel of Trump administration members has been the subject of increased scrutiny. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceDem lawmaker rips Trump's taxpayer spending on Tax Day Trump admits mistakes with Cabinet picks HHS secretary briefly hospitalized for 'minor infection' MORE resigned late last month after it was revealed he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jets for government travel.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInterior dismissed experts’ recommendations in blocking tribes’ casino: report Why the BLM methane rule works for industry and taxpayers NJ governor signs bill to block offshore drilling MORE and EPA  Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott Pruitt2018 Earth Day — black women are leading the fight against environmental racism White House aide: Trump has full confidence in Pruitt Pruitt explains plan for scientific transparency initiative at EPA MORE are all facing federal investigations over their use of private, chartered or military planes.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Trump campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment tapped for VA post Overnight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization MORE is also facing an inquiry after a report revealed he spent half of a government business trip to Europe this summer sightseeing and shopping.