"EPA Chief's Aides, Security Agents Made $45,000 Trip To Australia"

"WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled.

Two of his aides and three security agents flew to Australia last August on business-class tickets costing roughly $9,000 each to set up meetings for the EPA administrator.

The purchase of business-class tickets was not a violation of U.S. government policy, which allows federal employees to travel business class on trips lasting 14 hours or more."

Jeff Mason reports for Reuters April 19, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 04/20/2018