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FDA commissioner Gottlieb’s travel preferences? Commercial jets, a la mode

We seem to hear a lot these days about some member of President Trump’s cabinet who’s been caught taking charter jets or requesting government aircraft at taxpayers’ expense for their travel.

HHS Secretary Tom Price just apologized for his expensive habit, vowing to cover the cost as investigators probe the affair. And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still has some explaining to do about his requests for special travel arrangements using government craft. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reportedly favor their own private jets, paid for at their own expense.

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It didn’t strike me that FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb would be swept up in the charter/government jet club. He seems to have an unusually sharp eye for public visuals. And, well, he’s a rung below the high-flying Cabinet level in government circles. But to be sure I queried the FDA today about the commissioner’s choice of jets.

They assured me late this afternoon that Gottlieb “has only traveled via commercial airlines for government travel.”

We are pleased to hear it. Gottlieb, by the way, does enjoy the occasional treat while traveling.


Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC as seen on September 1, 2017 Getty Images


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