DALLAS — President Donald Trump has the power to immediately rescind nominations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that were made in response to the opioid crisis, including the appointment of former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and top health care adviser Dr. Robert Laszewski.
The White House said in a statement Monday that the Trump administration has “committed to reviewing all appointments made to the HHS Department of HHS, including any necessary personnel changes.”
The announcement was the latest in a series of moves that have put Trump in a difficult spot as he works to address the opioid epidemic.
The president has repeatedly criticized the agencies that oversee them, which has resulted in a backlash against the Trump family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in October that the president’s comments about the agency could put it at risk of losing federal funding.
The White House has previously said it wants to eliminate any vacancies within the agencies and have said that Priebus and Laszewski are no longer needed.
The administration also announced on Saturday that it will cut funding for Medicaid by $400 million, including for the first year of the cuts.
The Trump administration is also considering cutting the Medicare program for the elderly, though it has not said how it plans to offset the cuts in the current budget.
The move was announced in a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, the White House press secretary said.
The announcement comes after the White