VA chief under investigation over European trip: report

VA chief under investigation over European trip: report
© Greg Nash

The Department of Veteran Affairs inspector general is investigating Veteran Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report Shulkin is the right man to navigate changing role of private providers with VA VA Secretary Shulkin seeks larger role for private health care MORE over his trip to Europe, CNN reported Tuesday.

Shulkin traveled to London and Demark in July, where he met with officials from both counties.

Michael Nacincik, spokesman for the VA inspector general's office, told CNN that he couldn’t say what triggered the probe or if the office was investigating any other instances of Shulkin’s travel.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Washington Post first reported last week that Shulkin spent half of the trip sightseeing and shopping with his wife.

The VA chief was there to attended a conference in London on veterans’ health issues and then held a series of meetings in Denmark.

Shulkin reportedly attended a Wimbledon tennis tournament match, toured multiple palaces in London and Denmark and took a cruise on the River Thames in London while on the trip.

The VA head took commercial flights for the trip and reportedly sat in coach on at least one of them, The Post reported.

The investigation into Shulkin is the fifth inspector-general investigation into a member of the Trump administration.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Energy: Watchdog probes Pruitt speech to mining group | EPA chief promises to let climate scientists present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for emissions cheating Scott Pruitt's year of environmental destruction MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkePatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Presidential power over monuments should have checks and balances Overnight Regulation: Feds push to clarify regs on bump stocks | Interior wants Trump to shrink two more monuments | Navajo Nation sues over monument rollback | FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Senate panel approves bill easing Dodd-Frank rules MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMark Mellman: History’s judgment Trump's motorcade greeted with chants of 'lock him up' in NYC Treasury watchdog probes lack of tax plan analysis from Mnuchin MORE and former Heath Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill Warren questions Conway's role in curbing opioid epidemic Trump promised ‘best people’ would run government — they upended it MORE were each probed over their use of private, military or chartered planes.

Price resigned last week over his use of private jets.