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Kurtz: Trump takes the heat for the promotion of his doctor

‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media frenzy surrounding Trump VA Secretary David Shulkin exchange with his doctor-a Navy admiral Ronny Jackson.

This is framed, such as the dismissal of VA Secretary would be to:

David Shulkin had gotten himself in a heap of trouble. The inspector General had spanked him for a $ 120,000 trip to Europe, a pretext so that his wife would be covered by the cost of the flight, and incorrectly Wimbledon tickets accept.

What’s more, Shulkin had gone to war with some of his top deputies, was increasingly isolated in the Department, and the President’s castle, he had to make a change.

Some information was included in the B-question of the various stories, but the main media topics:

More chaos in the White house!

And as Donald Trump cars replaced him by his personal doctor?

Shulkin, such as the New York Times also noted generates bad publicity, if he is trying to save his job with the warning about helpers “to undermine the Department.”

Shulkin have to rack up some successes in the reform. My main complaints with the dismissal, is that Trump had to twist in the wind for weeks—as he is with Rex Tillerson during the damaging leaks clear, he was on the way out. Of course, Shulkin seen the handwriting could have, and stepped back.

(And Yes, it is ironic that Trump proclaimed once, he’d never fired his signature “you’re” in line against Shulkin.)

Shulkin, a former hospital executive, fired back in a New York Times op-ed, the atmosphere in Washington “toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive.” He complained that he had “been falsely accused of things by people who wanted me out of the way … It should not be that hard to serve your country.”

It is a political struggle at the heart of this battle, with Shulkin resistance against the efforts to privatise more VA services, he said, was “aimed at rewarding select people and companies for a profit, even if it undermines support for veterans.” The counter-argument is that the overstretched VA system can’t care enough effective, as we saw, with the waiting-list scandal.

But if a Cabinet is not numbered member agree with his boss on such a basic principle, his days are as a General rule.

Trump is a little heat from the media and critics for handing over the task to Ronny Jackson, his White house doctor. And it is fair to argue that the rear admiral never managed much of anything, let alone a dysfunctional 360,000-person bureaucracy.

Which is to say that Trump the officials, with whom he is personally comfortable, and that Jackson won the job with his hour-long TV appearance to give the President a clean bill of health. (“He has incredibly good genes, it’s just the way God made him.”) Jackson was so exuberant, he was mocked in a “SNL” – skit.

If Jackson, despite his on-camera skills, not the massive bureaucracy, or people who can tame it, then he’ll prove to be the wrong fit for the job.

The VA is one of the most thankless jobs in the capital. And the White house has not a smoothly-functioning. But a President should be replace in the situation, the accused is below average, and controversial Cabinet member for chaotic management.

Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.

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