Trump on VA nominee: I will stand behind him

Trump on VA nominee: I will stand behind him

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would not proceed with the confirmation process if he were Dr. Ronny Jackson, his nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary.

White House and VA officials were quietly discussing a delay with key allies outside the administration, even as White House spokesman Hogan Gidley praised Jackson's nomination on Tuesday.

Mr Paul, who opposes American intervention in Iraq and elsewhere, said he had changed his mind after speaking to the president. David Shulkin, MD, was recently ousted by Trump as secretary of the agency, and acting chief information officer Scott Blackburn also recently resigned from his position. "So we'll see what happens".

President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that his nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, Ronny Jackson, should withdraw from the Senate confirmation process amid allegations of workplace misconduct. "Having received assurances from president Trump and [CIA] director Pompeo that he agrees with the president on these important issues, I have made a decision to support his nomination", he said in a statement. "It's too ugly and disgusting".

Jackson's confirmation was predicted to be hard, as some lawmakers and veterans advocates have expressed doubt about his ability to lead the department. "This is a vicious group of people", the President said.

The White House is releasing hand-written reports from the two presidents praising Jackson's leadership and medical care, and recommending him for promotion.

The statement and the letter to the president didn't detail what new information was brought to their attention about Jackson, a rear admiral who has served in the White House under three presidents. One said that having the White House defend him instead of simply pulling his nomination is worse, predicting more allegations will come out and the beloved West Wing physician will end up irrevocably tarnished.

When asked about this, Trump started rambling about Democrats trying to obstruct all his nominees.

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"Admiral Jackson's record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what's needed at the VA to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they deserve", the statement said. Jackson's briefings from V.A. officials have been "poorly coordinated", and outsourced to "mid-level aides", while the White House reportedly dispatched a "junior media aide from the White House to help him make the rounds on Capitol Hill".

The controversy erupted after the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs postponed a confirmation hearing for Jackson, which had been set for Wednesday, as it looked into allegations about Jackson.

"I wouldn't do it", Trump said in the East Room, standing next to French President Emmanuel Macron. "They question him about every little thing", Trump continued to complain, noting Jackson had been the Obamas' physician as well.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said it would postpone indefinitely Jackson's hearing to give it more time to sort through the allegations.

But he also acknowledged that Jackson lacked the necessary experience to run the government's second-largest bureaucracy, and he said he urged Jackson to think about whether he wanted to move forward.

But other officials fear Jackson's nomination is doomed. "I mean, right away", said Blumenthal, who also stressed that the allegations were unsubstantiated.

"There's a lack of experience", he said. The report found that the conflict between them had become so bitter that workers described the dynamic as "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".

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