HHS secretary to attend inauguration of Chile's new president

HHS secretary to attend inauguration of Chile's new president
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will lead the U.S. delegation attending the inauguration of Chile's next president on Sunday, the White House says.

Azar, who was confirmed as the Trump administration's new health chief in January, will lead a delegation to the ceremony in which conservative Sebastián Piñera will be inaugurated as president for a second time. 

Piñera, a billionaire businessman and Harvard-trained economist, previously occupied the presidency from 2010 to 2014. He was the first conservative leader of Chile since the country ended martial rule in 1990, and has promised to reinvigorate the South American nation's private sector. 


Azar will be accompanied by Carol Perez, the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, the White House said Saturday.

Trump nominated Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and industry lobbyist, to the top health post in November after the resignation of former HHS chief Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PricePolitical appointees led cancelation of teen pregnancy prevention program Cost of Pruitt's Italy trip rises above ,000 Mnuchin spent million on military flights, says watchdog MORE amid outrage over his use of taxpayer dollars to travel on private jets for official business. 

Azar is the latest Cabinet secretary that Trump has dispatched to official ceremonies abroad, after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica | Senators grill DHS chief on election security | Omnibus to include election cyber funds | Bill would create 'bug bounty' for State MORE was picked to lead the U.S. delegation to the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month.