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Gottlieb Resigns from Food and Drug Administration

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Scott Gottlieb meet over lunch on July 25, 2017. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has resigned from the federal agency and will leave in about a month. Commissioner Gottlieb leaves his post at a time when there are several pending issues regarding agriculture, included cell-cultured meats. Gottlieb has been commuting from his home in Connecticut to Washington weekly, and cited the desire to spend more time with his family in his resignation. The Washington Post Reports the resignation was not sought by the White House.

A senior White House official said Gottlieb had spoken to President Trump, who liked the FDA chief and did not want him to leave. President Trump took to Twitter to say Gottlieb has “done an absolutely terrific job.” Gottlieb was a former top FDA official during the George W. Bush administration.