The way the mainstream media is carrying on, one would think that the Department of the Interior had never before chartered a flight in its history. A quick search of department records has proven that narrative to be far far far from the truth. It is about a Million Dollars away from the truth. That is how much was rung up under the Obama administration. Can you say: Double Standard?
The hue and cry for scalps from the Trump administration by Democrats show a distinct myopia on their part. There is a valid reason for Interior Secretaries to use chartered flights. It has been going on for decades. There are hundreds of remote locations under the Interior’s control that do not have commercial flights. This is just another piece of false news to give the Trump administration bad press.
As Written By Michael Bastasch for The Daily Caller:
Former heads of the Department of the Interior spent $971,643 chartering non-commercial flights over a six year period, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spent $586,196 on non-commercial flights over three years. Salazar took 48 such trips from 2010 to 2012, including flights on Interior Department-owned and chartered aircraft, according to travel records.
Salazar’s successor, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, took 33 trips on chartered flights from 2013 to 2016. Jewell’s flights cost $385,438, according to Interior Department records prepared for congressional investigators.
The news comes as top Trump administration officials take heat for chartering flights at taxpayer expense. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is one of those officials under fire.
Zinke has spent $72,849 on chartered flights so far in 2017, according to Interior Department records. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resignedin September after it came to light he spent $400,000 on non-commercial flights ……
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