President Donald Trump’s health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration’s agenda and angered his boss. Tom Price’s regrets and partial repayment couldn’t save his job.
The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to be pushed out in a turbulent young administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted. A former GOP congressman from the Atlanta suburbs, Price served less than eight months.
Publicly, Trump had said he was “not happy” with Price for repeatedly using private charter aircraft for official trips on the taxpayer’s dime, when cheaper commercial flights would have done in many cases. Continue reading “Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns over travel controversy”
President Donald Trump promised to win the fight against a U.S. epidemic of opioid drug use, but offered no new steps to do so and did not act on a recommendation made by a presidential commission that he declare a national emergency.
Trump spoke at an event he had billed as a “major briefing” on the opioid crisis during a two-week “working vacation” at his private golf club in New Jersey. He also used the appearance to unexpectedly issue a stern warning to North Korea over its threats to the United States. Continue reading “Tue, Aug 8, 2017: Trump vows victory in fight against opioids”
9:30 am: Speaks with King Abdullah II of Jordan by telephone
12:30 pm: Meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
1:00 pm: Delivers a joint statement with Erdogan; Roosevelt Room
1:15 pm: Working lunch with Erdogan
12:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney