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Former VA Secretary Shulkin reacts to impeachment
David Shulkin responding to criticism of the veterans Affairs leadership.
Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said on Fox News’ “Special Report” Thursday night that President Trump “was happy with the pace” of reforms to the troubled Department.
“I came to Washington from the private sector for a reason: to fix the VA,” Shulkin host Bret Baier said. “I know, a lot of questions to the President and we as a country have a long way to go to the VA in the right Form.”
Trump fired Shulkin, the lone Obama administration remains in his Cabinet, late on Wednesday, in the midst of a mounting internal rebellion at the VA and an ongoing ethics controversy. During a speech in Ohio earlier Thursday, not to mention Trump, Shulkin by name, but did not say that “I was happy with the speed with which our veterans took care of … We made changes because we want you to have a choice.”
Shulkin, wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Thursday that his removal had been developed by people who “saw me as an obstacle to privatization.”
“[T]here are a number of political appointees in the VA, is pushing for the privatization of a lot faster than I think is in the best interest of veterans, and is the safe way to care for our veterans,” said Shulkin, “Special Report”,” “and I stood up [to] you, because I was in Washington and I was working for the President, on behalf of our veterans.”
However, Shulkin confessed, “I believe that the President should be happy where we were.”
“This is a system that needs to be pushed. Many of the bureaucratic elements need to be restructured,” he added. “I started the process, I hope that Dr. [Ronny] Jackson will continue this process, because it needs to be done.”
Shulkin also internal watchdog, concluded that the Secretary had not properly adopted, Wimbledon tennis tickets, and that his former chief of staff, had fake E-Mails, in order to justify his wife travel to Europe with him on the taxpayers ‘ costs.addressed in a report by the VA
“All I was on this European trip approved in advance by the ethics [and] was in accordance with the previous policy at the VA,” said Shulkin, who claimed that the watchdog report, “was trying to be political, to get rid of me.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.