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Posted: September 29, 2017

Tom Price resigns amid criticism over charter flights 


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Tom Price resigns amid criticism over charter flights 
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price attends a press conference about influenza prevention for the upcoming flu season at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, September 28, 2017. Five Democratic lawmakers have called for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for what they described as 'a gross misuse of public funds,' notably for spending $25,000 on a private roundtrip flight from Washington to nearby Philadelphia. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday amid an investigation into his use of charter flights to travel for government business, the White House confirmed in a statement.

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"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the president accepted," a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "The president intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as acting secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Mr. Wright currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion."


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