Ronny Jackson, Trump VA Pick, drops out to lead Veterans Affairs
WASHINGTON – Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson said Thursday he retires from consideration as President Trump's candidate back to become the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs amid a flood of allegations of past misconduct.
"Regrettably, these false accusations about Washington's functioning are a distraction for this president and the important issue we need to address – how to give the best care to our nation's heroes," Jackson said in a statement was released by the White House on Thursday morning. Jackson said he expected "hard questions" about his qualifications for the VA, "but I did not expect that I would have to honor elseless and anonymous attacks on my character and my integrity."
Trump told Fox News, that Jackson's decision did not surprise him – "I saw where that went" – and said "it's a shame" how his candidates were treated, including "Doc Ronny."
Jackson's nomination lasted less than a month as he came under scathing criticism for lack of management experience, and then this week because of allegations from colleagues that he had misrepresented Opioide drank at work and promoted a hostile work environment in the medical Office of the White House, where he is a doctor of the President.
These charges were in addition to previous, independent investigations in 2012 and 2013, in which he demonstrated "unprofessional behavior." This contributed to a "toxic" workplace and encouraged him to sharpen his "self-esteem" of behaviors that gave employees the impression that they were "purely politically motivated for their own development".
White House Press US Secretary of State Sarah Sanders had defended Jackson on Tuesday, saying his report was "flawless," but she also said that White House officials have blamed the recent allegations made during a US investigation. Senate were uncovered. More: 6 Great Things the New Chief of Veteran Affairs Will Address
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In his resignation, Jackson described the allegations against him as "completely false and fabricated." He added, "If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted, and entrusted to serve three presidents in such a sensitive and important role as a physician for the past 12 years."
Jackson, 50, began work as a White House Doctor in 2006, was promoted to Director of the White House Medical Unit in 2011, and became President's Doctor in 2013. Both President Barack Obama and Trump gave him glowing performance Reviews, according to parts of the reviews published by White House
After examining Trump earlier this year, Jackson declared him "excellent" and said he had "unbelievably good genes".
The President announced his intention to nominate him On March 28, the same day he fired former secretary David Shulkin, he tweeted on Tuesday with a tweet.
On Tuesday, Trump ripped the Senators for an aggressive review of Jackson and said he personally would not stand it. He said he would let Jackson decide if he wanted to continue.
"I told Adm. Jackson a while ago when I said," What do you need it for? "This is a vicious group of people," said the president. "He's an admiral, he's a great leader, and they question him about every little thing."
During his interview with Fox & Friends, Trump concentrated his criticism on Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, publicly hearing the allegations spoke against Jackson. Trump said this year that the claims against the VA candidate would "cause many problems in his state".
But Capitol Hill MPs criticized the White House for failing to study Jackson enough to pass on his nomination to the Senate.
Some veteran groups also blamed the administration and said veterans suffer the consequences of AMVETS, which represents more than 250,000 veterans, saying that Trump Shulkin should not have fired first, and the allegations against Jackson constitute "the last in a chain of unforced errors for which veterans continue to pay the price. "
"Veterans are currently losing six different ways, from all directions, and it's daunting to unclear why this goes on or what it could do to stop it," said AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly.
"This painful and tumultuous chapter for VA and our nation's veterans has come to an end, but the volatile, destructive saga continues," said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CEO of Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan of America an unprecedented period of chaos, political agendas and insecurity, and millions of veterans and their families have paid the price. "
The VA made a statement on Wednesday focusing on Trump's promised improvements Trump appointed Robert Wilkie, Secretary of State at the Pentagon as acting secretary, until permanent Senate approval.
"Under the leadership of Wilkie, the deputy secretary, high-ranking VA officials are now on the same page and talk to veterans, staff and outside stakeholders as a convention and veteran service Organizations focus on a number of key priorities in the short term, "said VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour. This included working with Congress to pass laws that allow veterans access to VA-sponsored care in the private sector, signing a contract to update the agency's medical recording system, and "collaborate with the White House to provide admiral.
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