Elaine Chao

Chao used government plane seven times when cheaper flights would not work

Chao used government plane seven times when cheaper flights would not work

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had planned to fly commercial to Detroit in early June for events on the future of American roads. Then days before, the White House derailed her plans, organizing an "infrastructure week" speech in Washington alongside President Trump.

But Chao had a special perk to keep her schedule on track: a small fleet of taxpayer-funded executive aircraft that have long served the U.S. and international travel needs of transportation secretaries. Chao attended both cities' events with the help of a Cessna business jet that the Federal Aviation Administration charges other government agencies nearly $5,000 an hour to fly.

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