President Donald Trump’s first Secretary of Health and Human Services was former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). Then Price came under criticism for using taxpayer money to pay for charter flights. Even though he vowed to not do it anymore and to pay back the thousands of dollars spent, he saw the writing on the wall and resigned on September 29, 2017. The interim acting Secretary is Eric Hagan.
Yesterday morning, President Trump tweeted that he had nominated Alex Azar to become the official Secretary of HHS. Trump said that Azar will do a great job to help provide better healthcare and lower drug prices, although Democrats are already mounting opposition to the appointment since Azar has been a senior executive for the drug giant Eli Lilly.
President Trump announced that he will nominate Alex Azar as his Health and Human Services secretary, replacing Tom Price who was forced to resign in September amid a scandal over travel expenses.
“Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!” the president tweeted Monday from the Philippines.
Trump has reportedly been leaning toward an Azar nomination, as he is a veteran of the agency…
Azar did serve in the Department of Health and Human Services under the George W. Bush administration, as general counsel and Deputy Secretary for the department. After receiving his law degree from Yale, he clerked for a couple of federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.