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CLINTON AIDES GIVE $13,000 FOR COPTER USE

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White House officials will reimburse the government more than $13,000 for an aide's unauthorized use of a presidential helicopter to go golfing, administration officials said Saturday.

"Contributions will be remitted within one week," Communications Director Mark Gearan said in a written statement.David Watkins, director of White House administration, resigned under pressure Thursday after it was revealed he took a presidential helicopter to Camp David and Holly Hills Country Club near New Market, Md., on Tuesday.

Al Maldon, another White House aide who accompanied Watkins on the 55-mile trip, was reprimanded and will be reassigned.

President Clinton, angry about the incident, promised that taxpayers would be fully reimbursed. When Watkins, unrepentant about his conduct, refused to repay the full amount, other senior officials were solicited to make up the difference.

Clinton, meanwhile, used a limousine Saturday to travel 25 miles to a Virginia golf course, which fits his usual travel habits, but was worth noting at the end of a week in which there was so much hoopla over his aides' golfing travels.