Trump meets with Peter Thiel allies for FDA jobs

Trump meets with Peter Thiel allies for FDA jobs

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Trump will meet with entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan and Jim O'Neill, a former Health and Human Services official under President George W. Bush, for roles in the Food and Drug Administration, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said.  
 
Both have deep ties to the tech world, as well as to Thiel, a Trump adviser and transition team member.
 
Srinivasan, who founded a genomic testing company, works at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, an influential player in Silicon Valley. Thiel had previously donated to a bitcoin startup launched by Srinivasan, according to The Washington Post. 
 
Srinivasan has criticized how the FDA is run, sending several tweets in March that posed the regulators as an obstacle to innovation.  
 
O'Neill works at Mithril Capital Management, where Thiel is a co-founder. FDA watchdogs have been alarmed by O'Neill's past comments, which include questioning whether the FDA should judge drugs' efficacy and support for organ sales.
 
Trump will also meet with candidates for spots in the U.S. Agency for International Development and the FDA as he continues to shape his administration just eight days before Inauguration Day. 
 
He's slated to meet with two former ambassadors from Bush's administration: Martin Silverstein, a former ambassador to Uruguay, and Mark Green, a former Wisconsin congressman who was ambassador to Tanzania. 
 
Spicer confirmed both are being considered for a USAID slot.