Retired Navy Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump's personal physician, withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs in the wake of late allegations. (Alex Brandon / AP)
Ronny L. Jackson, a Navy Rear Admiral whom President Trump had unsuccessfully nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will not return to his former role as personal presidential physician, a representative said White House on Sunday.
Jackson, who retires last week as Trump's VA pick, will continue as part of the White House medical unit, the official added. Sean Conley, a Navy veteran who took over Jackson's responsibilities after his nomination, will remain Trump's personal physician.
Jackson, a former combat doctor who was criticized almost immediately that he could not supervise VA, withdrew his nomination Thursday, according to Sen. Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) Office, allegations against Jackson that he joined work, over-prescribed medications and initiated a toxic work environment.
Jackson denied allegations against him that proved difficult to verify or disprove. The tester's staff must still release documents supporting the allegations, and a Friday intelligence briefing said the agency found evidence to support one of the specific allegations.
On Saturday, Trump Tester called for resignation. In a tweet, the president alleged that Jackson was "not true."
"There were no such findings" Trump tweeted . "Terrible thing we have to live with in DC, just like the wrong Russian agreement Tester should lose race in Montana Very dishonest and ill!"
The tester faces a tough re-election campaign by the Senate before the mid-November deadline , and the president made it clear that he hopes to use the Jackson incident against testers in the race.
"I know things about testers that I can say," Trump said later on Saturday at a Michigan election campaign. "And if I said it, he would never be elected again."