President Donald Trump (R) speaks about North Korea as he sits beside U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 8, 2017.

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Embattled Trump administration health affairs chief Tom Price will repay the federal government nearly $52,000 for his “seat” on more than two dozen pricey private jet trips — which cost taxpayers more than $400,000 — and promised to refrain from using charter flights in the future.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the US Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” wrote Price, the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, in a statement released Thursday.

“The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” said Price.

Price did not say how much he would be paying back.

But an HHS spokeswoman said Price’s check would total $51,887.31.

That is a small fraction of the more than $400,000 it reportedly cost the government to charter 26 flights on private jets for Price and his traveling companions since May.

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