Yesterday, here at Faith, Family, America, I published a story about the resignation of Tom Price, who was under extreme pressure after a private plane scandal.
"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted," the White House said, according to CNBC News.
The resignation came after reports broke on Friday that President Trump was considering firing his Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The announcement was expected to take place sometime Friday night.
“We’re going to make a decision sometime tonight,” Trump told reporters. "I certainly don't like the optics. I'm not happy, I can tell you that. I'm not happy."
Price was under sharp criticism from the media after using military aircraft, intended only for government travel, for his own personal use.
Earlier this week, Politico reported that the White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The trips were approved for Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer. The total cost of the trips were over $500,000. This brings Price's travels to more than $1 million since May.
In this story, I was somewhat critical of Price, claiming that his scandal was "humiliating" and that such actions were not undertaken by former officials in his position.
LifeSite News, however, recently provided another interpretation of the event, and they are disappointed by his resignation — especially given his strong pro-life and pro-marriage stances. Given a number of Christian conservatives reading Faith, Family, America, I thought that I would call the article to everybody's attention. Especially since it serves as a corrective to my own story.
"Price is strongly pro-life and pro-marriage," writes Claire Chretien at LifeSite. "He is the latest social conservative to be effectively purged from the Trump administration."
"Desperate to stop him from fulfilling the president's promises by reversing the policies of the previous administration on issues like abortion, conscience, and healthcare, the Left has turned up the fire on the Health and Human Services chief in the hopes of elbowing out one of the most pro-life members of Trump's cabinet," Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, wrote on September 28, according to LifeSite.
Indeed, some believe that the overblowing of this "scandal" was a way of forcing one of the staunchest social conservatives on the Trump team to resign, and hence to have less influence on federal policy. Some believe that the entire scandal wasn't about dealing with a man of questionable ethics, but rather a man who was particularly effective in advancing the Christian conservative agenda.
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