Update: FORMER HHS Secretary Tom Price…
A slip of the tongue or an inappropriate use of words is par for the course in Washington DC. Normally, these faux pas are dismissed (unless you’re George W. Bush, in which case every one is scrutinized and ridiculed). When you’re already in deep with everyone from the press to the people to the President of the United States, it’s important to avoid the use of certain phrases.
HHS Secretary Tom Price had a minor faux pas, but this lapse in judgment is worth noting in light of his possible ouster.
“Every time I travel I submit the travel plan to the ethics department that evaluates it line by line to make sure that I am above the law.”
In context, it’s not a big deal. We live in a world that takes things out of context regularly. Knowing this, he should have avoided the phrase altogether.
Source: Crooks and Liars
Every time I travel I submit the travel plan to the ethics department that evaluates it line by line to make sure that I am above the law. And I follow the law. Of course, we are always continuing to look at ways of lower cost in the department. You’ll find out to increase revenues. I’ll always be honest and up front about my travel.