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Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

By on April 22, 2017

United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks about opioid addiction during a visit to The Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2016. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

In this file photo, then U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks about opioid addiction during a visit to The Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 16, 2016. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after “assisting in a smooth transition” under President Donald Trump.

Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration.

Murthy’s deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, is serving as acting surgeon general and leader the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps until the Senate confirms a replacement. Her previous positions include being a nurse officer in the U.S. Army.

Health department spokeswoman Alleigh Marre says Murthy will remain a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Murthy says on Facebook that he was humbled and honored to serve. He says serving was the “privilege of a lifetime.”

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