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VA Secretary David Shulkin faces a lot of criticism
Speculation mounts, the embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary could be replaced by the next member of President Trump management; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.
Ousted Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, the ribs, the “toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive” – the area from Washington to doses of President Trump this week.
“As many of you know, I’m a doctor, not a politician,” Shulkin wrote in a blistering New York Times op-ed published after his release. “I came to the government with the understanding that Washington may be ugly, but I thought I could avoid all the ugliness to remain true to my values.”
On Wednesday, the President announced to replace Shulkin, Rear permitted Ronny Jackson, the White house doctor.
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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.
But in his op-ed, Shulkin, the victim of “politically-based attacks.”
“I was falsely accused of things by people who wanted me said out of the way,” Shulkin. “But, despite this politically-based attacks on me and my family, the character, I’m proud of my record, and I know that I acted with the highest integrity. Unfortunately, none of that mattered.”
He said that the toxic environment had been recently it hard to do his work.
“I fought to get up, for this great Department and all that it embodies,” he said. “In the last few months, though, the environment in Washington has become toxic, chaotic, irreverent and subversive, that it became impossible to reach me, the important work, in need of our veterans and deserve.”
He suggested that before his fall could be in reference to those who want the privatization of the VA – something he rejects.
“She saw me as an obstacle to the privatization, which had to be removed,” he said.
It is the latest in a series of swift White house substitutions marked in the last few months. The last Trump Rex Tillerson displaced from the State Department and announced to replace him with Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
Shulkin exit is reminiscent of Tillerson’s – with the avoidance of directly talking about President Trump, while also an expression of bitterness at being fired.
“As I prepare to leave government, I am surprised by a recurring thought: It should not be that hard to serve your country,” Shulkin said.
Fox News’ Sam Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.