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Sanders Blasts Trump’s HHS Pick: ‘What Hypocrisy!’

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday slammed President-elect Donald Trump for choosing Rep. Tom Price as the next Health and Human Services secretary.

The Hill reports:

While Sanders reiterated his support for some of Trump’s economic policies, he criticized the president-elect’s HHS selection, saying it runs counter to his campaign promises.

“Donald Trump asked workers and seniors to vote for him because he was the only Republican candidate who would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — programs that are of life-and-death importance for millions of Americans,” Sanders said in his statement.

“Now, he has nominated a person for secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, who has a long history of wanting to do exactly the opposite of what Trump campaigned on,” Sanders added.

The Vermont lawmaker outlined Price’s positions and said Trump should publicly admit that his promises “were just lies.”

“Rep. Price has a long history of wanting to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. What hypocrisy! Mr. Trump needs to tell the American people that what he said during the campaign were just lies, or else appoint an HHS secretary who will protect these programs and do what Trump said he would do,” he said.

Trump announced his HHS selection on Tuesday, praising Price as being “exceptionally qualified” to spearhead a campaign to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” Trump said in a statement.

“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Trump added.

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