Washington: Vivek Murthy, the first Indian-American appointed by the Obama regime as the Surgeon General, is no longer the Surgeon General. Reports suggest that he has been removed by his post by President Donald Trump.
The 39-year old Vivek Murthy was appointed by former President Barack Obama on his post with unprecedented fanfare. He was the first Indian American appointed to the post in the US.
Trump administration has reportedly been replaced by Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams who was Vivek Murthy’s deputy till now. Murthy has thanked the US administration for appointing him to the post claiming that it was honor for him to serve the nation.
Nonetheless his unceremonious exit from the job and the US administration’s insistence that he was fired seems rather very bad indeed. US Department of Health and Human Services in a press release said, “Murthy, the leader of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration…Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps”.
The unceremonious exit has reportedly shocked Murthy who was hoping to complete his term in the office. A New York Times report said while noting that employees at the Department of Health and Human Services privately expressed surprise at his sudden departure. Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General and the first Indian American to hold this post said in a Facebook Post that it was an honour and privilege to work for this prestigious position.
In a statement released to the media, Murthy said, “For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the President to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story. I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve”.
He went on to add, “(Health and Human Services) Secretary (Tom) Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, who is the current Deputy Surgeon General, will serve as the acting Surgeon General and assume leadership of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps”.