Read Health Secretary Price's full resignation letter

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price testifying before the Committee on Appropriations on March 29, 2017. File photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday, after a wave of negative stories about his use of charter flights for official business trips. The White House said that Don Wright, a top Health and Human Services official, will take over as the department's acting secretary at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

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The White House released Price's resignation letter shortly after announcing that Mr. Trump had accepted Price's offer to step down. Read Price's full letter below:

Dear Mr. President:

It is an honor and privilege to serve you as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under your leadership, the Department is working aggressively to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This includes working to reform a broken health care system, empower patients, reduce regulatory burdens, ensure global health security, and tackle clinical priorities such as the opioids epidemic, serious mental illness and childhood obesity.

I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.

Success on these issues is more important than any one person. In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation as the Secretary of Health and Human Services effective 11:59 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.

You may rest assured that I will continue to support your critical priorities going ahead because failure is not an option for the American people.

Yours truly,
Thomas E. Price, M.D.

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