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After all, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin should have probably been fired a month ago, right at the time It turned out He stated that he was awarding a prize to justify being able to take his wife to a taxpayer-funded holiday in Europe, during which he hired an assistant to serve as the couple's "personal travel concierge". However, this is the Trump administration Such violations do not automatically lead to dismissal and may even occasionally improve to the boss! In this case, however, Donald Trump will be dissatisfied with the secretary. But instead of firing at him directly, Trump decides to weaken the head of Germany's second largest agency, undermine his ability to do something for the nation's veterans, and maybe fire him over social media – or not!
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After the Washington Post Trump has "a number of advisors that he wants to oust Shulkin," formerly a favorite, tells in his cabinet. But in the chaotic city of Dysfunctionville, the White House, employees are unsure how, when, or even Shulkin's shots are carried out. As in the cases of Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, Trump is apparently anxious to keep even his own employees busy; When Trump McMaster let go, some in the White House complained that the shooting had botched the timing of future layoffs that they had suddenly announced. "Anyone who tells you they know what he's thinking is crazy," said Louise Sunshine former longtime Executive Director of the Trump Organization, opposite the Post. "He does not want anyone else to know what he's ever thinking, it's his way of keeping everyone alert." The President's reality TV management style may be within the bounds of the Trump Tower but he has slightly greater consequences in government, where his well-known frustrations with, say, Jared Kushner, has recently lauded Mexican officials in the face of First Inmate. According to Post the hectic rumor mill "[V.A.] left employees, and even high-ranking White House officials wonder if Shulkin is still officially speaking for VA."
In the meantime, White's helpers House "often ask … for the status of certain cabinet officials, so that they will say nothing inaccurate publicly," and "[look] stupid with the information of yesterday"; One adjutant declined to discuss the secretary's future with the Post while another has recently insisted on Fox News that Trump has confidence in Shulkin "at this time". Not helping is the fact that Trump often see someone on TV and think I should hire him for a job that is already occupied as was the case when he was the Labor Minister Alexander Acosta At Fox & Friends saw one day, and allegedly "asked a counselor if he could be the next attorney general."
For his part, Shulkin obviously read the writing on the wall and is supposed to live in total fear. "I think he wakes up every day and wonders if that's the day he gets fired," one of his allies said. "He knows he's done," but the uncertainty "carries him, there's no doubt about that." People close to him say he has "long feared" being fired on Twitter, a worry that would have sounded absurd under any other president, but this is a legitimate concern. All this, of course, does not bode well for the people who rely on Shulkin to do his job:
The distractions have hindered efforts to reform V.A., officials from the agency say. The electronic records contract was not signed. Legislation critical to the White House to expand veterans' access to private physicians has been removed from the Government spending bill Congress passed last week after Democrats blocked its inclusion in the bill.
On the bright side, Shulkin can probably expect to hold off, at least for a while, since the White House has not found a replacement and currently no one is slamming the door to work.