US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

30 Sep 2017

VA chief took in Wimbledon, river cruise on European work trip; wife’s expenses covered by taxpayers

Shulkin and his wife spent about half their time sightseeing on his 10-day visit for meetings with Danish and British officials. The federal government paid for the flights for Shulkin and his wife, Merle Bari, and provided a per-diem reimbursement for their meals and other expenses, VA said Friday. An agency spokesman did not respond to questions about why Bari qualified for the reimbursements and taxpayer-funded airfare, other than to say she was traveling on “approved invitational orders” and had “temporary duty” travel expenses.
Shulkin and his wife spent about half their time sightseeing on his 10-day visit for meetings with Danish and British...

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