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Trump fires Secretary Shulkin; taps Ronny Jackson lead to VA
Rumors had swirled for weeks about Shulkin future in the midst of investigations of alleged issues of abuse and reports of internal unrest, to the VA.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced its intention to replace Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Rear permitted Ronny Jackson, now the President’s physician.
It is the latest in a series of swift White house substitutions marked in the last few months. Trump also announced that Robert Wilkie, assistant Secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, which would serve as interim VA Secretary, pending Jackson’s confirmation.
….In the meantime, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD to serve as Acting Secretary-General. I am grateful for Dr. David Shulkin service to our country and to our Great VETERANS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
Congratulations to Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD. Thank you Dr. David Shulkin for their dedication and service to the support of our veterans.
— Vice-President Mike Pence (@VP) March 28, 2018
The President tweeted that he was “grateful for Dr. David Shulkin service to our country and to our Great VETERANS!”
Jackson served as physician to the President since 2013, and won a national profile earlier this year for the implementation of a curved press conference on Trump ‘ s health.
David Shulkin, right, be replaced, such as VA Secretary, Dr. Ronny Jackson.
The VA is from the government of the second largest Department, responsible for nine million veterans in more than 1,700 government-run medical facilities. The selection of Wilkie VA Deputy Secretary Tom Bowman, the fall in the criticism bypasses, because they are too moderate to push Trump’s veterans agenda setting-care.
Rumors are swirling been had for weeks Shulkin future 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.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a Marine combat veteran, called Shulkin to withdraw after the February watchdog report, said in a statement on Wednesday, Shulkin had done, “to clean up anything, the culture of bureaucratic incompetence that has defined the leadership at the VA.”
My statement in #VASecretary @SecShulkin burn: pic.twitter.com/m8i4lH07Oj
Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) March 28, 2018
A separate VA watchdog investigation, because in the coming weeks, following a complaint that Shulkin asked his security detail to escort him to a Home Depot store and car, furniture, according to two people familiar with the statement that anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Shulkin attributed to internal drama in the Agency were a half-dozen or so political appointees against him, and Bowman and insisted that he had to secure the White house, to shoot them down.
As on Monday, the White house spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News that Trump still had confidence in Shulkin “at this point in time.”
On the same day, Shulkin — the lone Obama administration officials in the trump-Cabinet — abruptly withdrawn, the scheduled media availability to a VA Medical Center in Delaware, tell the organizers that he needed to “back on the road to Washington.”
A great veterans organization expressed concern about the Shulkin dismissal and Trump’s intention to nominate Jackson, who lead you worried a little experience, the huge Department.
“We are disappointed and very concerned about this nomination,” said Joe Chenelly, the national executive director of AMVETS. “The administration must be ready to prove that he is qualified to be such a massive Agency, with a $200-billion-bureaucracy.”
If there was ever a homerun pick, Admiral Jackson, the bill – combat surgeon, a career officer who loves his country and provide the highest quality health care and services for our wonderful veterans fits.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 28, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., praised Jackson’s nomination as “a homerun [sic] pick” , would “provide the highest quality health care and services for our wonderful veterans.”
Have pushed through legislation in the Trump for the first year makes it easier to fire bad VA employees, and speed responsive disability, Shulkin stgill leaves behind a Department in resolution terms. Several projects remain unfinished, including a Multi-billion-dollar overhaul of electronic medical records to speed up the wait times for veterans seeking medical care as well developed as the mental health treatment for vets at increased risk of suicide.
The concerned veterans for America Executive Director Dan Caldwell said in a statement that Shulkin “decisive progress in the Reform of the Department, but ultimately a distraction from the important task of improving health care for our veterans.
“We hope that this will change at the end of the last distractions to the VA and put the focus back to advance policies that ensure veterans get the health care and other benefits they have earned,” Caldwell added.
During the presidential campaign, pledged the Trump repeatedly to fix the VA, which is still reeling after the 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center in which veterans waited months for care as a VA employees created secret lists to cover up delays.
Criticism of the Department as the “most corrupt” Trump said he would bring accountability and expand access to private doctors, to triple promising tripled, to see the number of veterans “, the doctor of your choice.”
Currently, more than 30 percent of the VA-appointments are in the private sector.
Shulkin, the second Cabinet Secretary’s departure on controversies in connection with expensive travel, the following former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s resignation last September.
In addition, the President has announced that would replace, at the beginning of this month, he, Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, with the Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.