HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns in wake of travel spending scandal

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News Story Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON — President Trump accepted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's resignation on Friday, the White House said, ending days of presidential criticism over Price's use of private airplanes.

Price "offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.

Sanders said Trump will designate Don Wright, the deputy assistant secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, as acting HHS secretary. He's a holdover from the Obama administration.

In his resignation letter, Price told Trump that he regrets how "recent events have created a distraction" from the president's agenda, including unsuccessful efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

The announcement came less than two hours after Trump called Price a "very fine man," but once
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