"I strongly urge WHO to focus on its core purpose by continuing, as its first mission, to fix the problems it has had in the past in coordinating worldwide responses to health emergencies and emerging infectious disease threats," Azar said. (Statement)
AMVETS Commander writes to White House about VA leadership transition
The head of national veterans group AMVETS sent a letter to the White House on Monday calling for President Donald Trump to let deputy Veterans Affairs secretary Thomas Bowman lead the agency until the current acting secretary is officially confirmed.
Last week, Trump said he planned to nominate Robert Wilkie, who is the acting secretary of the VA. Commander Marion Polk pointed out that Wilkie would be expected to step down once his nomination was official.
"Mr. Wilkie has proven himself capable and willing to fulfill this extraordinarily important leadership position within your presidential cabinet," Polk said, adding AMVETS would back his confirmation. "Colonel Bowman is immensely qualified and already working as Mr. Wilkie’s right-hand, so I have complete confidence he can be an outstanding steward of the federal government’s second-largest agency while the Senate considers your nomination." (Statement)