The Trump administration, one of the most opulent in contemporary U.S. history is encountering expanding criticism over travel expenses among some of the billionaires, budget hawks and business executives who superintend federal agencies.
Inspectors general have unfolded at least five inquiries into charter or military flights by Cabinet officials accounting to millions in federal spending. Their resolution to deviate from cheaper commercial flights has led to condemnation from Democrats in Congress and Government liability groups about discernment in Trump’s administration.
Novel examples of probed expenses involve those of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who invert his travel records under constraint from House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.). Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt encounters a developing investigation into his travel by private jet.
The barrage of dispute over Cabinet travel intimidates to impede a core pillar of Trump’s association with his base, his assurance to eliminate elite Washington, regulate in waste and showcase the working class.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin withdrew out of a congressional trip to Europe after condemnation about another international outing which amalgamated official travel with and a Wimbledon tennis event.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confronted novel disapproval about his travel often assisted with his wife who is commanding a Republican campaign in Montana which involves halt at political fundraisers and donor events. Incorporation to the already mounting expenses is travel housing arrangements for cabinet aides, guests and security details who chaperone secretaries on all trips.