US president nominates Alex Azar, who worked for a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, prompting outcry over ‘big pharma in US Congress’

In search of a health secretary after his last one resigned in a scandal over private jets, Donald Trump has turned to the same industry he has frequently criticized for gouging Americans – pharmaceutical giants.

The US president announced in a tweet on Monday that he would nominate former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar for the position of health and human services secretary.

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