House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., spoke highly of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, calling him a "good man," a "superb secretary" following his resignation Friday after his use of private planes came to light.
"Tom Price is a good man," Ryan said in a statement. "He has spent his entire adult life fighting for others, first as a physician and then as a legislator and public servant. He was a leader in the House and a superb health secretary."
"His vision and hard work were vital to the House's success passing our health care legislation," Ryan continued. "I will always be grateful for Tom's service to this country and, above all, his continued friendship."
In all, Price took over $1 million worth of flights on private planes during his tenure that were being investigated by the inspector general.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also commented on Price's ouster, although, like Ryan, he declined to mention the private jet situation and argued that the department's next secretary should not "sabotage" Obamacare.
"The mission of the Health and Human Services secretary should be to support Americans' healthcare, not take it away," Schumer said. "The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to sabotage it."
Prior to his brief tenure in the Trump administration, Price served in the House for six terms and chaired the House Budget Committee.