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Shulkin under fire for not reforming the VA enough
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To keep WASHINGTON’s campaigns, his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of giving up, despite the blistering findings of the travel abuse of his 11-day trip to Europe. He gave an extraordinary warning to VA employees rebel against him: get back in line or get out.
After a Tuesday meeting in the White house, Shulkin told The Associated Press that the White house chief of staff John Kelly confirmed that he still had the confidence of President Donald Trump. Reports have swirled of a search in recent days, White house officials, to oust Shulkin for not hewing more closely to the Trump agenda, and VA-press the officials refuse to serve him.
Shulkin, a former VA under Secretary for health in the Obama administration denied that he was off course. A VA inspector general report last week found that Shulkin had incorrectly assumed to Wimbledon tennis tickets and his employees lied to, he was always a distinction, in order to justify his wife, who him accompanied on tax payer’s costs on an 11-day European trip in July that mixed business and sightseeing.
“There is no doubt, I’m the Secretary,” he said.
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Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing on Tuesday, to believe that she had no reason Shulkin’s job in danger. “If someone said the confidence of the President, you guys know”.
Their statements come as several major veterans organizations have rallied behind Shulkin, citing concerns about his trip to Europe, but to make him the best person for the VA in a time of great change. The Department seeks to expand private care options for veterans at government expense, a Trump campaign priority of some concerns among the veterans groups illegal “privatisation.”
“While we were disappointed to learn of the current issue with the Secretary-General of the trip, we believe that the current controversy surrounding Shulkin is part of a larger effort to remove him and install the other, would take steps to the privatisation of services for our nation’s heroes through the VA,” said American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan in a statement.
Addressing the travel controversy, Shulkin said he paid for it, you should travel more attention to policy, rather than rely on employees, he said, insisted that his wife would be able to fly a commercial flight for the 11-day trip to Denmark and the United Kingdom in July without any problems. The VA inspector General found that Shulkin top aide, Vivieca Wright-Simpson, had actually bogus E-Mails falsely represent that Shulkin was excellent to justify, in Denmark, the freedom to travel. Wright Simpson retired from her post last Friday, in the Wake of the IG report.
At least one legislator, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., Shulkin has back fixes the incorrect; other legislators have suggested that he should do more to explain and acknowledge fault.
On Tuesday, Shulkin, – said he regretted that the incident had Trump a distraction to the agenda and said he would pay more attention to the VA travel policy in the future
“I’m extraordinarily busy,” Shulkin said. “I wish I asked more questions.” Pledging to put aside the “distractions”, he said, he would continue to push bipartisan legislation in Congress and had a VA-leadership Department will meet on Tuesday to emphasise once again that people who “hijack” the VA agenda will not be tolerated.