WASHINGTON – a Modest and low-key, Robert Wilkie was hastily sent to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs after an irate President Donald Trump fired Secretary David Shulkin in the midst of the political struggle in that department. But what was supposed to be a temporary job could turn permanent.
If this is confirmed as VA secretary, the long-time official would be able to send some of the biggest changes to veterans’ health care in decades.
A key test comes on his Senate seat Wednesday, where the Democrats plan to question the air force and Navy veteran on his views on privatisation of the government is the second largest department in which 9 million veterans. It is a problem that Shulkin says led to his fall.
In the past meetings, Wilkie has told several veterans’ groups and some lawmakers that he was against “privatisation.”