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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 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 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 MulvaneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report White House budget office to investigate Pruitt’s soundproof booth Trump team continues to roll back the regulatory state 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 ZinkeOvernight Energy: Trump energy adviser leaving for lobbying job | Zinke decides against lowering offshore royalty rates | Greens fight Coast Guard bill Dem lawmaker rips Trump's taxpayer spending on Tax Day Zinke refers to himself as a geologist despite never having worked as one: analysis MORE and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott Pruitt170 lawmakers sign resolution calling for Pruitt's resignation Trump's NASA nominee advances after floor drama The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE are also facing questions about their use of private aircraft for government business, while Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump 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 Trump's VA pick pledges opposition to privatization, senator says 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.