POLITICO's Pulse Check

The Scott Gottlieb era is (almost) over

Episode Summary

The popular FDA commissioner has resigned, and POLITICO reporters explain what's next and analyze Gottlieb's legacy.

Episode Notes

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's leaving the Trump administration, and POLITICO reporters react to the monumental news.

In the first panel (starts at the 1:30 mark), Sarah Karlin-Smith and Adam Cancryn join Dan Diamond to react to Gottlieb's resignation and discuss the political implications.

In the second panel (starts at the 21:00 mark), Sarah Owermohle and Helena Bottemiller Evich join Dan to discuss Gottlieb's policies and reflect on his legacy.


Gottlieb's appeared on PULSE CHECK twice: In January 2018, to discuss his agency's priorities, and November 2018, to unveil his e-cigarette strategy.

POLITICO's Sarah, Sarah and Helena looked at Gottlieb's departure and key milestones.

Bloomberg's Max Nisen argued that Gottlieb was the Trump administration's most popular official.

The shutdown hit FDA especially hard, with Gottlieb and others warning that FDA's food safety inspections were imperiled.