“The news site Politico obtained copies of Zinke’s travel logs through a Freedom of Information Act request and found that the secretary spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters, often citing his schedule and the timing of official trips as justification for the expense.
In one instance, the department spent $8,000 for a U.S. Park Police helicopter to take Zinke and his chief of staff to an emergency management exercise in West Virginia, saying the pair couldn’t leave until 2 p.m. and the two-hour drive wouldn’t see them arrive in time.
For the horseback ride with Pence, his office said he scheduled the $6,250 round-trip helicopter flight because he went to Yorktown, Virginia, to tour a battlefield and attend a boating industry roundtable but wanted to be back in Washington by 4 p.m. to ride with the vice president. It would have been three hours by car.”
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