Schumer Slams Tom Price as Donald Trump's Pick for Health and Human Services Secretary

Donald Trump picking Tom Price as HHS secretary, Schumer said, "is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house."

Sen. Chuck Schumer
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 21, 2015. Reuters

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, is strongly criticizing Donald Trump's pick of Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Schumer said in a statement early Tuesday that the Georgia congressman "has proven to be far out of the mainstream of what Americans want when it comes to Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood."

Schumer said those programs have helped millions of Americans, including "seniors, families, people with disabilities and women have access to quality, affordable health care."

Having Price as HHS secretary, Schumer said, "is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house."