Dr. Jackson, a Navy Rear Admiral serving as a White House doctor, was confronted with difficult questions during his testimony to the committee. Last month, Mr. Trump fired his first veteran secretary, David J. Shulkin, an experienced hospital administrator and veteran of the V.A. Then he chose Dr. Jackson from personal proximity.
The White House has barely reviewed its background before announcing its nomination on Twitter. Before serving as a White House doctor, Dr. Jackson was dispatched to Iraq during the Iraq war as an emergency medical officer to Taqaddum.
The Senate received only paperwork from the Trump administration last week, in which Jackson's nomination was formalized] Committee Democrats met briefly on Monday evening to discuss how to proceed. Mr. Tester leads the investigation. Mr. Tester met with Isakson Tuesday morning shortly after he announced the move.
The White House defended Dr. Jackson's report in a statement, but did not address the nature of the claims against him.
"Admiral Jackson has been at the forefront of the deadly struggle and has saved the lives of many in the service of this country, served as a Presidential Republican and Democrat doctor and was praised by all," said Hogan Gidley, a deputy spokesman of the White House. "Admiral Jackson's strong, determined leadership is exactly what the V.A. needs to do to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits they deserve."
Jackson to urge his views on the role of private health care for veterans, rather than on the government-led health care system. Senators planned to challenge his lack of management experience in a large organization. The department is the second largest federal government, employs more than 370,000 people and operates extensive health and veterinary welfare systems.
Before his nomination, Dr. Jackson attracted little publicity and his political views were unknown. He took a rare role in the limelight in January when he appeared on national television to publicize the results of Trump's first physical service in the office. At the time, there was speculation about the physical and mental health of the President, and Dr. Jackson offered both an exuberant compliment. Mr. Trump was satisfied with the performance.
"I have found no reason to believe that the president has any problems with his thinking processes," Dr. Jackson. At one point, he even joked that given Mr. Trump's genetics, he could turn 200 if he had a healthier diet.
Mr. Trump fired his first Veterans Affairs secretary amid profound ideological disagreements over the privatization of the department's supply and extended the consequences of a devastating report by his Inspector General on a trip Mr. Shulkin had made to Britain and Denmark last year. Mr. Shulkin, a politically moderate physician and former hospital director, remained popular on Capitol Hill and among veteran groups who felt they were a pragmatic leader who understood the department very well.
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