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Trump nominates former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services

President Trump announced Monday his nomination of Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services:

Azar formerly worked in the department under President George W. Bush, Politico reports. In 2007, he joined the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, eventually rising to head of U.S. operations in 2012. Azar initially backed Jeb Bush in the 2016 election and later donated to the Trump Victory fund. He is also an outspoken critic of ObamaCare and soaring drug costs, claiming in May that "patients are paying too much for drugs."

If confirmed, Azar will replace Price, who resigned in September following reports of expensive taxpayer-funded travel. Read more about Azar at Politico.