The ex-Starbucks CEO announced his probable presidential ambitions on Sunday, and appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday to discuss the widespread backlash he's received to his "centrist independent" affiliation ever since. Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough promptly served Schultz some rapid-fire questions, including one intended to prove how well the billionaire relates to the average American.
"How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?" Brzezinski asked. "I don't know, I don't eat Cheerios," Schultz reasonably responded. Brzezinski let him know it's "four bucks," just a bit less than one bowl of hearty blueberry oatmeal at Starbucks.
Just before that, Brzezinski asked Schultz to name his favorite GOP and Democratic presidents of the past 50 years. Schultz said Ronald Reagan because he "never took his jacket off in Oval Office" out of his "respect for the office," and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The first claim is not true, and FDR died 74 years ago. Watch the moment below. Kathryn Krawczyk
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, accompanied by his wife Betty Price, used military aircraft to fly to Africa and Europe this spring and Asia later in the summer, costing taxpayers more than $500,000, Politicoreports.
Price's trips were approved by the White House, and HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest said Price has reimbursed the agency for his wife's travel, but would not say when; she also said he took the military aircraft for his personal safety and so he could securely communicate with his department. His stops included Tokyo for a world health meeting and Liberia to discuss the country's response to the Ebola virus. "The trips he's gone on make total sense," one former HHS official told Politico. "It's just how he got there."
Price's overseas trips and use of private charter jets domestically have cost taxpayers more than $1 million since May, Politico determined. Earlier Thursday, Price said he would pay the government back for the price of his seat on trips he took domestically on private aircraft, reportedly around $52,000. Invoices Politico reviewed showed Price's weeklong trip through Africa and Europe in the spring was projected to cost $311,418.25 for 30 hours of flying time; one 95-minute leg from Berlin to Geneva on May 21 was expected to cost almost $16,000, with commercial flight options available at the same time for $260 a ticket or less. Other members of Price's delegation flew commercial to Europe, Politico notes. Catherine Garcia