Top Shulkin Critic Is Leaving The White House For The VA

A 62-year-old veteran committed suicide Monday in the waiting room of a veterans affairs hospital The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported

A 62-year-old veteran committed suicide Monday in the waiting room of a veterans affairs hospital The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported

Things soured early this year as Shulkin was the subject of a damning report from the department's inspector general that found "serious derelections" by Shulkin and senior VA officials on a Europe trip last year, and concluded that Shulkin had spent a good deal of the trip sightseeing and had inappropriately accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will replace his Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Admiral Ronny Jackson, who now serves as physician to the President.

"I will ask Dr. Shulkin and ask the president to clean house and that's what he should have done from day one, and it hasn't been done", Coffman said.

Jackson, a United States Navy admiral, was first hired as physician to the president by President Barack Obama in 2013 and was retained by Trump.

Trump tweets that he intends to nominate "highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs".

It was the latest in a series of departures for top administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump earlier this month.

Shulkins biggest weakness Carter said, was that he didnt connect with the presidents allies. He was previously appointed by Obama as undersecretary for health at the VA in July 2015.

On Monday, White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley looked to dismiss reports that the embattled Shulkin was on his way out.

The sudden departure comes as Trump is now seeking to expand the Veterans Choice program, a campaign promise that major veterans' groups worry could be an unwanted step toward privatizing VA health care.

Unlike the rest of Trump's Cabinet, Shulkin's nomination was unanimously supported in a 100-0 Senate vote. The Times reported that the White House was angry about how the report played in the media.

Shulkin, 58, went public with claims that Trump appointees on his staff were conspiring to have him removed. Criticizing the department as "the most corrupt", Trump said he would bring accountability and expand access to private doctors, promising to triple the number of veterans "seeing the doctor of their choice".

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