Senate Robert Wilkie confirmed as VA Secretary, capping a controversial selection process

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Who’s VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie?

Senate vote on President Trump’s lead to pick Veterans Affairs.

Robert Wilkie, the acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, was confirmed by the Senate, the VA lead on Monday, capping a controversial selection process, the President Trump the previous candidates, and saw fall in the midst of sweeping, unproven misconduct allegations.

Wilkie leads the government’s second largest Department, 360.000 employees for 9 million veterans. The Department has been paralyzed by infighting over the role of private care for veterans.

Trump selected Wilkie, who has been confirmed, 86-9, for the post in may after the fire, David Shulkin in the midst of investigations of alleged issues of abuse and reports of internal unrest, to the VA.

In February, the VA’s internal watchdog found that Shulkin had incorrectly Wimbledon tennis tickets and his then-chief of staff believed had been doctored to justify E-Mails to his wife travel to Europe with him on tax payer’s costs. Shulkin agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 in this case.

Trump the first replacement choice, the White house doctor Ronny Jackson, had long served as a White house physician and a Navy admiral. He moved his nomination to the VA earlier this year.

Jackson had, was besieged by unproven allegations compiled by the Montana Democratic sen. Jon Tester’s office about his prescription-drug practices, and the use of alcohol. Tester is the top Democrat on the Republican-controlled Senate veterans Affairs Committee.


The most prominent: costs that Jackson had drunk banged his fist on a female colleague, the door in the middle of the night during a presidential trip, and he had “destroyed” a vehicle after attending a boozy secret service party.

But the officials, who reviewed Jackson’s driving record found no evidence that he overthrew a government, and the Secret Service the night episode, which was probably close to waking up a sleeping President Barack Obama.was able to confirm

Trump was come to Jackson’s defense, and has since then campaigns against Tester in Montana.

On Monday, Tester one of the 86 senators who voted to confirm, Wilkie.

Allegations of Senator Jon Tester against the Admiral/doctor Ron Jackson proves wrong. The secret service is not able to confirm (in fact, the false Democrat-charges that destroyed absolutely at the bottom deny) the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should come back. The…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018

All the “no” votes came from Democrats, including some reported that by the 2020 presidential ambitions, such as Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. There are five absent senators, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, were a brain tumor is fighting.

Wilkie takes on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump promises to fire bad VA employees and patients to the private sector. While the pledge to “shake up self-satisfaction” at the VA, the Air Force and Navy veteran, also assured Democrats he will not Finance the privatisation of the Department and VA health care “complete.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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