Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a US presidential hope for 2020, speaks during the "We Humans" Summit at Warner Theater on April 1, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., On Tuesday, Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration, urged the Pfizer's board to resign and said the appointment two months after leaving the agency "smack of corruption." [1
Last week Pfizer told Gottlieb to join the board – a job that paid at least $ 335,000 in cash and cash in 2018, according to a legislative application. Gottlieb went down from the agency that regulates drugmaker in April.
"You should correct your mistake and immediately step back from your position as a Pfizer board member," Warren said, driving for the democratic presidential nomination in 2020. "If you do, you will send a strong and necessary message to the American people about the importance of government ethics and the integrity of current and former federal officials. "
Gottlieb in an interview with CNBC's" Squawk Box "earlier Tuesday defended his decision to join the board of a pharmaceutical company , he regulated a few months ago. 19659002] "I worked with some great drug users before entering the agency," Gottlieb said, adding that his new role at Pfizer is greater than what he did before the FDA. "I made no bones that I had expertise in life sciences and I was trying to promote innovation in this sector before I came to the agency."
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor.