ASHINGTON — The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as US surgeon general.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after “assisting in a smooth transition” under President Donald Trump.

Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration.


Murthy’s deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, is serving as acting surgeon general and leader the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps until the Senate confirms a replacement. Her previous positions include being a nurse officer in the US Army.

Health department spokeswoman Alleigh Marre says Murthy will remain a member of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Murthy said in a post on Facebook that he was humbled and honored to serve. He says serving was the “privilege of a lifetime.”

“While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges,” he said, “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served.”

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