President Trump will nominate former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar as his Health and Human Services secretary, the president tweeted Monday morning.
“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary,” Trump tweeted.
Azar served as the deputy secretary of HHS during the George W. Bush presidency and then, from 2012 to January 2017, served as the president of Lilly USA, the largest affiliate of drug maker Eli Lilly.
Azar, if confirmed, will take the post following former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s resignation in September after a controversy over his use of chartered jets for government travel.
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