>> The director of the CDC resigned her post Wednesday following a damaging report that said she traded tobacco stocks after taking the position of healthy agency. In a statement that Trump's administration said Dr Brenda Fitzgerald office jailed complex financial holdings pose potential conflicts of interest. Fitzgerald was named as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July.
On Tuesday Politico reported she bought tens of thousand of dollars in new stockholdings in at least a dozen companies, some in the same month she was appointed included shares of Japan Tobacco, one of the biggest tobacco companies in the world. The report said Fitzgerald also bought shares of mayor health related companies including Merck, Bayer and health insurance from Humana, all of which were sold more than four months after she became CDC director.
Fitzgerald is the second top health official from the Trump administration to resign following the departure of Trump's first health secretary Tom Price over his use of expensive taxpayer private funded charter jets for government travel. The CDC spokeswoman could not immediately say who would be filling for the director, as the country grapples with the worst flu season in several years.