Veterans Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie suggested on Wednesday against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., his allegations that the Trump administration wants to "privatize" the VA as "nonsense."
I'm rude to the congresswoman and say it's nonsense, but I'll say it's nonsense, "Wilkie said in" Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream. "
" If we privatize VA, Let's go over it a very strange way, "Wilkie said." I presented Congress with a budget of $ 220 billion, the largest budget in the department's history. We are undergoing fundamental reforms to turn the VA into a modern health care system for the 21
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Ocasio-Cortez had claimed last week during a New York City Hall event that the VA, despite the scandals involving the agency in the last decade Years ago, "okay" was aimed at "privatizing" health care for veterans.
"That's the opening approach we've seen in privatization, it's the idea that this thing is not broken, this thing that offers some of the highest quality our veterans have to somehow be repaired, tweaked and tinkered until we can not recognize it, "said Ocasio-Cortez in the comments the Washington Examiner first reported.
"They are trying to repair the VA For drug companies, they are trying to set the VA for insurance companies, and in the end they are trying to make the VA a profit-making one to repair the health care industry that does not put people or veterans first, "Ocasio-Cortez said.  "And that's why we have a responsibility to protect them."
Congressmen's comments were directed at the efforts of the Trump administration to expand the choices and private health options in the VA's healthcare system.
President Trump responded to Congressional comments by recognizing the turnaround in the VA.
"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, the VA is not broken, she's fine, but that's just the Trump administration, we passed Veterans Choice & Accountability." Trump tweeted.
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. Wilkie defends the Trump administration and supports the president's response on Twitter.
Another part of our comments or they were answered by the President, who said that the VA was not broken under this administration. The scandals she referred to happened in another government, "Wilkie said.
" I can say that someone who is accused of being a historian does not focus on a post-World War II president has put his campaign and administration until President Trump did it. We see this in the way the VA is progressing.
Fox News & # 39; Adam Shaw contributed to this report.