On CNN’s New Day, co-hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota took a hard look at the double-whammy of the White House being forced to defend the use of private email accounts, along with cabinet members running up huge expenses by jet-setting around the world on private planes.
Camerota got the ball rolling by taking Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price to task for offering to pay back a small percentage of the million dollars he has racked up traveling.
“Tom Price is offering to pay $51,000 out of a million,” Camerota began. “This is laughable. You heard him there, ‘I’m taking on this responsibility, taking accountability.’ How does the math work there?”
According to Real Clear Politics editor A.B. Stoddard, Price’s actions are unacceptable and he may be on his way out the door.
“It’s hard to believe he can be so defiant given the tape you just rolled with him about the speaker, who was supposed to be flying in a military plane,” she explained. “There’s no way that I’m coughing up $51,000 after having all of these people fly, including his wife, and going two days early, is remotely acceptable. Something made him think he can get away with it, and I think his bluster shows Tom Price thinks he might be able to keep his job, and i don’t think there’s a chance he can.”
Panelist Alex Woods contributed, “I’ve spoken to a number of people who have known Tom Price over the years. The thing that is most surprising is Tom Price is a wealthy man. He is not someone who has not lived the good life and now he reached the pinnacle of government and thinks now is my chance to live it up. He has chosen especially to do this anyway.”
Camerota jumped in to link the travel questions to reports that Jared Kushner and other White House officials have been using private email accounts — a similar situation that led to chants of “lock her up” against Trump rival Hillary Clinton.
“I wish we had a sound effect for hypocrisy,” she quipped as Cuomo laughed.
Watch the video below via CNN: