Drain the swamp?

Republican Outrages
So much for President Trump’s claims that he was going to drain the swamp – he should take a look at his own Cabinet. They talk about fiscal responsibility when slashing funds from their agencies that do the work of the American people, yet turn around and waste millions of dollars in taxpayer funding on private air travel. Hypocrisy, much? Here’s a review of Cabinet secretaries wasting taxpayer money, because it’s honestly getting hard to keep track:
 
HHS Secretary Tom Price, who continuously talks about getting rid of waste, fraud, and abuse, has wasted more than one million dollars in taxpayer money taking charter and military planes around the world.
   
“The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.”
 
The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a POLITICO review.”
 
“Price’s wife, Betty, accompanied him on the military flights, while other members of the secretary’s delegation flew commercially to Europe.”
 
“For instance, Price took a Gulfstream C-37B owned by the Department of Defense for a weeklong trip in late May through Africa and Europe. The six legs of travel, which represented about 30 hours of flight time, were projected to cost $311,418.25, according to an invoice reviewed by POLITICO.”
 
E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken charter flights across the country and spent tens of thousands of tax payer dollars for an unprecedented secure phone booth in his office.
   
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken at least four noncommercial and military flights since mid-February, costing taxpayers more than $58,000 to fly him to various parts of the country, according to records provided to a congressional oversight committee and obtained by The Washington Post.”
   
“The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to government contracting records.”
 
“Typically, such soundproof booths are used to conduct hearing tests. But the EPA sought a customized version — one that eventually would cost several times more than a typical model — that Pruitt can use to communicate privately.
 
“No previous EPA administrators had such a setup.”
 
“But according to former agency employees, the EPA has long maintained a SCIF on a separate floor from the administrator’s office, where officials with proper clearances can go to share information classified as secret. The agency did not specify what aspects of that facility were outdated, or whether the unit inside Pruitt’s office would meet the physical and technical specifications a SCIF generally is required to have.”
 
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has traveled on charter flights costing thousands of dollars, including those between islands in the Caribbean
   
“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides have taken several flights on private or military aircraft, including a $12,000 charter plane to take him to events in his hometown in Montana and private flights between two Caribbean islands, according to documents and a department spokeswoman.”
 
“The trip was not the first in which Interior booked a private jet for Zinke. On March 31, Interior chartered two flights to take Zinke and staff from St. Croix to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend the centennial of the Danish government turning the islands over to the United States. Another two flights were chartered to return to St. Croix later that night.”
 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested use of a government jet for his honeymoon and took a government jet to travel to Kentucky to watch the solar eclipse with his wife.  
   
Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested use of a government jet to take him and his wife on their honeymoon in Scotland, France and Italy earlier this summer, sparking an inquiry by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General, sources tell ABC News.”
 
“Officials familiar with the matter said the highly unusual ask for a U.S. Air Force jet, which according to an Air Force spokesman could cost roughly $25,000 per hour to operate, was put in writing by the secretary's office but was deemed unnecessary after further consideration by Treasury Department officials.”
 
“Mnuchin, an independently wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, has already triggered a review of his travel for using a government jet to travel to Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky last month. The inspector general is reviewing whether he improperly used that trip to catch a prime view of the solar eclipse with his wife, Louise Linton, a Scottish actress and model.”
 
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky met with Mnuchin during that trip and tweeted a photo of them watching the eclipse together, complete with proper eyewear.”
 
“The secretary's office denied he took that trip to watch the eclipse and said he was there to attend meetings on a tax code overhaul, and the Treasury Department said the Mnuchins would reimburse the government for Linton's travel costs.”