White House nominates Alex Azar as new Health and Human Services secretary

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

The White House has nominated Alex Azar as the country's new Health and Human Services Secretary, almost eight weeks after former HHS Secretary Tom Price's resignation.

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!" The outlet also reported that he took military aircraft for official trips to Africa, Europe and Asia, costing taxpayers more than $500,000.

Director of French research laboratory, the Pasteur Institute, Alice Dautry (R) smiles next to US Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, 06 February 2006 at the institute in Paris prior signing an cooperation agreement to fight bird flu.

Aznar served in the George W. Bush White House on the domestic policy council and at HHS is a a former president of drug giant Eli Lilly.

He served previously in HHS under the Bush administration, when he was the agency?s general counsel and deputy secretary. Azar left Lilly in January, 2017.

Azar is against the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which has provided coverage to millions of Americans and which Republicans tried and failed to replace multiple times this year.

Azar is nominated to replace Tom Price, a physician and congressman who resigned amid scandal.

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

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