Report: Former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson Used Military Planes for Personal Travel at least 15 times

A watchdog group has estimated that Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State spent over $1 million in taxpayer dollars to fly around the country in “military jets” during his time in office. This included occasional personal trips as well. American Oversight, a nonpartisan watchdog group, got documents that indicate Tillerson used military jets at least 15 times during his 14 months tenure in office. He reportedly flew to Colorado, Texas,  Montana, and West Virginia. Five of the trips were labeled as “personal travel” in the State Department memos. The documents do not provide a reason for another 10 trips that he took on military jets.

Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman defended Tillerson’s jet use. She claimed that the secretary of state must be protected by a security detail and have communications access at all times. She told HuffPost that when utilizing DOD aircraft for personal travel, all Secretaries of State reimburse the government at the rate required by the law.

Tillerson could not be reached for comment.

The former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have also reportedly used military aircraft for personal travel.