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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in hot water after Politico uncovered his expensive non-commercial flight.

We have tried reaching out to Zinke's Spokesperson, Heather Swift, but we have not heard back from her yet. 

In June, Zinke charted a $12,000 flight between Las Vegas and Montana, The Washington Post reports. The Vegas trip was for a speech he was giving regarding the city's new NHL team. The private plane was from Wyoming oil gas executives the Post explains.

According to the response Zinke's spokesperson gave the Post, the secretary went with a private charter because a commercial flight wouldn't have gotten him back to Montana in time for the Western Governors Association meeting. 

Zack Colman from E&E News found that he could have taken a commercial flight and landed in Kalispell before midnight. The private plane landed just before 2:00 am. 

This isn't the only trip taken using private planes by Trump's administration. Earlier this week the Post looked into another White House official's use of private planes.

Montanans haven't responded favorably. On the streets of Missoula, residents are asking why this money isn't going towards improvements for Montana. 

"I think that Zinke should resign. And that's the long and short of it. These guys should be taking commercial flights. I don't mind, maybe they can take business class, but they should not be chartering planes, and they should not be chartering military planes. This is just ridiculous," said Dan Cunneen.

"It's an inappropriate use of funds that are not meant for that," Mary Stewart.

"It should go towards getting better medical. It should go towards the homeless population. It should go towards resources that are needed in the community," Alyxander Kurschner. 

President Donald Trump's Health Chief, Tom Price, resigned today over a similar private flight issue. 

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