A former staffer on Trump’s transition team has said that former national security adviser Michele Obama had to “push back” on a plan to put former President Barack Obama in charge of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Millers textile and apparel manufacturer, A.A. Albers, was named as one of the top staffers on Trump and Pence’s transition teams during their presidential campaigns, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Albers is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and has worked on policy issues such as climate change, infrastructure, and the opioid crisis.
He previously served as deputy director for the White House Office of Public Engagement for President George W. Bush.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Alber has worked at the Trump campaign for three years.
The Trump administration has also announced a slew of new appointments at the agency, including the creation of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a position created after the agency was created by former President George H.W. Bush to be the federal government’s science adviser.
It has also tapped Dr. Robert Califf, a former top NIH official, to serve as deputy administrator of the agency.