Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

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U.S. Surgeon General Murthy participates in roundtable discussion at Howard University in Washington

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy appears at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on April 7, 2015. Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters

WASHINGTON — 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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