Trump appoints new HHS secretary (video)

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President Donald Trump has tapped Eric Hargan, a former corporate lawyer who served on Trump’s transition team, to become acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Hargan takes over for a deputy who’s held the position since Tom Price resigned from the post late last month over his use of taxpayer dollars to travel in private jets. Price’s tenure in the Trump administration lasted less than eight months.

Don Wright, a longtime HHS staffer and acting assistant secretary for health, had served as the agency’s acting secretary since Price stepped down on Sep. 29.

President Donald Trump made the announcement Tuesday night.

Hargan was confirmed as deputy secretary by the Senate on a 57-38 vote last week. This is Hargan’s second time working at the HHS, according to a report in Politico. Between 2003 and 2007, he was acting deputy secretary under President George W. Bush before leaving government work to practice law in Chicago.

Hargan has been included in regulatory reform meetings at the department since earlier this summer, Politico reported last week.

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