White House outlines travel rules for Trump Cabinet members

White House outlines travel rules for Trump Cabinet members
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The White House issued a memo to members of President Trump's Cabinet on Friday outlining rules for travel after the president's health secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PricePoll: Majority in some GOP districts say Republicans 'more corrupt' than Dems Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts MORE resigned following backlash over his use of private jets for official business.

"Government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft should not be used for travel by Government employees, except with specific justification - per the Office of Management and Budget," Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Trump pick to head watchdog agency is who consumers need Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE, the director of the office, wrote in the memo dated Friday.

"Every penny we spend comes from the taxpayer. We thus owe it to the taxpayer to work as hard managing that money wisely as the taxpayer must do to earn it in the first place," he continued. 

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Department and agency heads traveling on government-owned or leased planes or chartered aircraft for trips outside their official "mission requirement" will need approval from White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Mulvaney said. 

The White House budget chief said that "just because something is legal doesn't make it right," adding that "with few exceptions, the commercial air system used by millions of Americans every day is appropriate, even for very senior officials."

Various members of the president's Cabinet are under fire for their travel since taking public office, with Price on Friday resigning as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after it was revealed he traveled on private jets for work, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInterior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Zinke left some details off public calendar: report House completes first half of 2019 spending bills MORE and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Court rejects new effort to stop kids' climate lawsuit | Baltimore is latest city to sue over climate change | EPA staffers worried about toxic chemical in Pruitt's desk Pruitt staffers worried about toxic chemical in his desk Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland MORE are also facing questions about their use of private aircraft for government business, while Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump loyalists purge VA of longtime staffers who don’t support agenda: report Poll: Majority in some GOP districts say Republicans 'more corrupt' than Dems On paper, Wilkie is the perfect candidate for VA secretary, but his qualifications go further MORE spent nearly half his time on a recent international trip sightseeing and shopping with his wife, who had her airfare paid for by the government, The Washington Post reported.