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 PriceBottom Line Trump: The solitary executive Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? 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 NielsenHillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video Nielsen calls for greater public-private collaboration on cyber threats The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE was picked to lead the U.S. delegation to the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month.