Trump nominates Alex Azar for HHS secretary, replacing Tom Price

Alex Azar previously worked as Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary during the George W. Bush administration

Trump Chooses Alex Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary

"Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary", Trump wrote on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump has nominated a former pharmaceutical executive to serve as his next health secretary.

If confirmed, Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned in scandal back in October after it was revealed he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jet travel, despite cheaper commercial travel options.

Azar previously worked at the department as deputy secretary under President George W. Bush before joining the pharmaceutical industry.

Until January, Azar was the president of Lilly USA, the Indianapolis-based maker of household-name prescription drugs like Prozac, Cialis and Methadone.

Azar served as deputy HHS secretary from 2005-2007 under President George W. Bush.

Mr. Trump tweeted while overseas of his intentions to tap Azar, writing that Azar "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!"

Price, a physician and former Republican congressman from Georgia, offered his resignation in late September, after reports revealed he flew on charters to visit community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Politico reported the total cost of the flights was over $1 million.

Trump has said that drug prices are " out of control" and that drug companies are "getting away with murder".

Azar is a critic of Obamacare, which the Trump administration has tried and failed to repeal and replace in 2017.

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