Politico has revealed that Mr. Price has made at least 26 such flights, including trips to Nashville, where his son lives and where Mr. Price owns a condominium, and to St. Simons Island, a Georgia resort area where Mr. Price owns property and recently spoke at a medical conference. Mr. Price also chartered a flight that included travel to Philadelphia from Dulles International Airport in Virginia, a distance of about 130 miles.
On Wednesday, Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for Mr. Price, said in an email that Mr. Price supported an internal review of his travel. She said that Mr. Price takes criticism over his travel âvery seriously and has taken it to heart.â
âThe secretary has initiated an internal departmental review of the procedures and processes that we go through for official travel,â Ms. Oakley wrote.
In recent days, Mr. Price has defended himself by saying he has a busy travel schedule, and on Saturday, Mr. Price told Fox News that he would stop traveling on private jets until a review of his activities was completed.
âWeâve taken many, many trips in cars â sometimes four and five hours at a time,â he told the network.
According to the senior administration official, Mr. Trump is less perturbed by the actions of two other cabinet members who have fallen under recent scrutiny for their spending: Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Mr. Pruitt recently took the unusual step of installing a $25,000 soundproof booth in his office to conduct secure communications, and Mr. Mnuchin inquired about using a military plane for his honeymoon in Europe last month. He also took a government plane on a trip that included a viewing of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 in Kentucky. That trip fell under scrutiny when Mr. Mnuchinâs wife, Louise Linton, took a stranger to task on Instagram for criticizing the…