Donald Trump: Next Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Will Have Political Experience

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Trump nominated Jackson in March for advancement to two-star admiral, before also nominating him a few weeks later to replace David Shulkin, the ousted veterans affairs secretary. He also commented that he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity". Accusations against him included drinking on the job and improperly prescribing drugs.

"Jon Tester - I think this is going to cause him a lot of problems in his state", he said.

Ronny Jackson is dropping out of the nomination to be VA Secretary.

Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, urged the White House to take more time "to carefully select and vet a new nominee" who could head VA.


House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said Wednesday he was not prepared to call for Jackson to withdraw but that allegations of misconduct - and in particular allegations of alcohol use while on duty - could derail his nomination. Tobe Berkovitz, a political communications expert at Boston University, told The Hill: "It's one more bit of proof, as if any were needed, that the Trump White House are not exactly the best vetters in the world when it comes to any kind of position".

Jackson, a one-star Navy admiral whose tenure at the White House spans three administrations, has been criticized as too inexperienced to take on the monumental task of leading an organization comprising more than 360,000 employees. He announced in a statement on April 26 that in light of the uproar about his alleged past indiscretions while serving as the White House physician, he would no longer like to be under consideration to be the head of the Veteran Affairs department.

"These are all false accusations; these are false".

The claims were outlined in a two-page document, details of which Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs supplied to United States media.


But following the announcement of his nomination, a wave of allegations surfaced over his behavior, including that he doled out drugs to staffers like the "candy man" and crashed a government vehicle. White House officials, members of both political parties and veterans advocates all questioned the president's decision. "If they are true then there are much larger issues with the White House military office and the security clearance process".

"Not only does Adm. Jackson lack the management experience necessary to successfully lead the 360,000-person, almost $200 billion federal agency, it is apparent there are also serious questions about his character and job performance", Walz also said. The summary was based on conversations with 23 of Jackson's current and former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit. Jon Tester, who headed the committee report and is running for re-election.

Dr. Jackson crashed a government vehicle after getting drunk at a Secret Service going-away party.

Jim Messina, previously a deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, said last week that Trump choosing Jackson to run the VA "was the worst choice you could possibly imagine". Jackson has yet to publicly address or denounce the majority of allegations, yet the White House has thrown its entire support behind their nominee.


On Tuesday, the president appeared to be clearing the way to withdraw Jackson's nomination.

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