CDC director resigns after trading tobacco stock in apparent conflict of interest

CDC director resigns after trading tobacco stock in apparent conflict of interest

CDC director resigns after trading tobacco stock in apparent conflict of interest

Brenda Fitzgerald, whom President Trump tapped as CDC director last year, announced her resignation Wednesday, one day after it was reported she had purchased stock in a tobacco company one month into her leadership last year.

U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, ranking Democrat on the House appropriations subcommittee responsible for CDC funding, said Fitzgerald's resignation "follows the pattern of Trump's appointees, who put their own personal and financial interests ahead of the American people's".

On Tuesday, Politico reported that Fitzgerald had traded tobacco stock, including shares in an worldwide tobacco giant Japan Tobacco, after assuming the lead role at the public health agency in July.

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She toured the CDC's Tobacco Laboratory on August 9, one day after purchasing shares in the Japanese company. The company sells several different cigarette brands in the USA through a subsidiary, including Camels, American Spirits, and Winstons.

That seems to be at odds with the CDC's mission to curb smoking, which is a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. She then vowed to "continue to use proven strategies to help smokers quit and to prevent children from using any tobacco products". She replaced HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price in July when he resigned following a scandal regarding the use of his private planes. According to the Politico report, the trading included purchases between $1001 and $15,000 of stock in Merck & Co., Bayer, and Humana, and between $15,000 and $50,000 in US Food Holding Co.

The White House declined comment and referred questions to the Health and Human Services Department.

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But a stock portfolio manager purchased additional "potentially conflicting stock holdings" during the review - which she later sold.

"It is unacceptable that the person responsible for leading our nation's public health efforts has, for months, been unable to fully engage in the critical work she was appointed to do", Murray said in a statement on Wednesday. Murray said Fitzgerald's conflicts had forced her to send deputies to testify at congressional hearings on the opioid crisis. "Due to the nature of these financial statements, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period". "The Secretary thanks Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald for her service and wishes her the best in all her endeavors", Lloyd added.

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