Claiming that “the challenge of being apart from my family” was too much strain, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down.
President Trump appointed Gottlieb in 2017 with the hope he would “cut red tape” congesting the FDA. Foiling those expectations, Gottlieb actually expanded FDA authority in numerous ways including a key effort to cut cigarette addiction by enforcing lower nicotine levels.
While the 46-yearold is leaving on predominantly good terms with President Trump, who tweeted Gottlieb “has done an absolutely terrific job,” and “his talents will be greatly missed.”
So far Trump has not indicated who might take his place.