The nation's 45th president just tweeted that he has nominated Alex Azar as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.
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.
Just days after news that Trump was set to select ex-Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar for the US government's top healthcare post, he tweeted the nomination Monday morning. Today, Donald Trump announced his nominee for Price's replacement.
According to Politico, he worked closely there with Eric Hargan, who has been acting HHS secretary since Price left. Almost a month ago, reports surfaced that Azar was the frontrunner for the job; he's a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act; and he's a doctrinaire partisan on the Republican Party's regressive health care agenda, especially on issues such as gutting Medicaid through block grants.
The new HHS secretary will be tasked with implementing Trump administration efforts to unwind Obamacare, a top campaign promise of his, and overseeing the drug industry, which Trump has said is "getting away with murder" by charging high prices for prescription medications.
The HHS veteran served as the department's general counsel and deputy secretary during the Bush administration. He's seen as an expert on government health care regulation.
Azar's nomination, which must be confirmed by the Senate, comes a month and a half after Secretary Tom Price resigned amid a scandal over his use of private jets to conduct government business.
To be sure, Azar's nomination doesn't come as too big of a surprise.