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Trump says he’s ‘close’ to naming new HHS nominee

October 17, 2017

President Donald Trump sits for a radio interview in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s “more than close” to naming a new health and human services secretary.

But Trump tells Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade in an interview Tuesday that he’s not ready to reveal a name because the individual’s background needs to be looked into a little bit more.

Trump says that if the Senate approves his eventual choice “it will be a fantastic, a fantastic nomination.”

Tom Price, Trump’s first HHS secretary, resigned under pressure in late September after his costly travel aboard chartered aircraft triggered investigations and angered Trump.

Price was the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to be forced out.

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