International desk – After making 26 private flights since May, US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business.
He apologised after making those flights at a cost of $400,000 to taxpayers since May.
President Donald Trump accepted his resignation and appointed Don J Wright as acting Health Secretary, according to a White House statement.
Wright is currently deputy assistant secretary for health.
An investigation by the political news website Politico found that Price’s travels had cost more than 1m dollars.
As well as the $400,000 for private flights, that figure includes the cost of military aircraft used for Price’s trips abroad, Politico added.
Three other members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet are under scrutiny for using private planes while working, according to a BBC report.
President Trump had earlier said he was “not happy” with the expense.
Price had promised to repay the cost of his seats on private flights, saying: “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”