Vice-President Mike Pence, who administered the oath of office to new VA Secretary Robert Wilkie as President, Donald Trump, and Wilkie, Mrs Julia.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
WASHINGTON – Robert Wilkie was sworn in as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs.
President Donald Trump said Monday during an Oval Office ceremony, Wilkie will work day and night ” to protect those who protect us.”
He also said Wilkie, hundreds of thousands of people rely on him.
Congratulations to our new @DeptVetAffairs Secretary Robert Wilkie! pic.twitter.com/6erqWJzuiK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30. July 2018
The former Pentagon official was chosen to replace Secretary David Shulkin, who was fired amid ethics charges and internal rebellion in the Department about the role of private care for veterans.
Wilkie was confirmed by an 86-9 vote in the Senate last week. He secured the support of many Democrats, after repeated requests, he would not have the government privatize the second largest Department.
Wilkie says he is “humbled” by his selection.
Vice-President Mike Pence administered Wilkie ‘ s oath of office.