Pressed by a Fox News host, Price allowed that “the optics in some of this don’t look good,” but he said that his situation differed from when he criticized then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2010 for “flying over our country in a luxury jet.” As speaker, Pelosi had access to government aircraft and frequently took flights back and forth between Washington and California.

Price said that HHS would “cooperate fully” with the inspector general review, which is already underway, and his department has begun its own review of its travel practices.