5 reasons Trump's VA pick is probably doomed

26 April, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Trump's Doctor And VA Pick Ronny Jackson Accused Of Drinking On Job

Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department.

Donald Trump opened the door on Tuesday (Apr 24) for his embattled nominee for veterans affairs to step aside, saying that while Ronny Jackson is "a wonderful man", the U.S. president himself would not abide such congressional scrutiny.

Several former colleagues described Jackson and Jeffrey Kuhlman, who served as personal physician to President Barack Obama until he retired in 2013, as rivals who regularly clashed with each other, contributing to a tense workplace.

The president spoke hours after Senator Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said he and the panel's ranking Democrat, Jon Tester, chose to delay a hearing on Jackson's nomination that had been scheduled for Wednesday and sent a letter to Trump seeking more information.

I don't want to put a man through a process like this.It's too ugly and too disgusting.

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Jackson has been under intense scrutiny after reports that he also drank on the job and created a hostile work environment.

"I know there's an experience problem because of lack of experience", Trump admitted Tuesday.

The senior White House official's message took on both allegations.

Some might wonder if Jackson was intoxicated when he examined Trump and reported that the president could live to be 200 if was on a better diet, and said Trump weighed considerably less than he appears too.

The White House said an audit by outside experts has shown Jackson "worked within the official guidelines" in his work and confirmed his prescriptions were "completely appropriate". On Saturday, Congress begins a nine-day recess, which is a long time for any embattled presidential nominee to be in limbo.

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"Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated", wrote former president Barack Obama about 50-year-old Iraq War veteran who has worked at the White House since 2006.

The Senate only received paperwork from the Trump administration formalizing Dr. Jackson's nomination last week. In one evaluation from 2016, Obama wrote: "Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated".

It is for this reason of freely handing out narcotic drugs like candy that some White House employees nicknamed him the "Candyman", according to Senator Tester. "Already at a level of performance and responsibility that exceeds his current rank, promote to Rear Admiral now".

These allegations can put his nomination in jeopardy.

Asked if he still supported the nominee, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, offered only, "We're going to wait and see what Senator Isakson and the administration recommend".

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"I really don't think he should do it, but it's totally his decision", Trump said.

Lawmakers also expressed concerns about Jackson's supporting views of privatizing veterans' medical care-a proposal opposed by millions of vets and a "red line" for the Democratic Party.

Tuesday, President Trump publicly opened the door for Jackson to withdraw. "What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians who aren't thinking nicely about our country?" said Trump, who spoke at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. He said he told Tester's staff about his interactions with Jackson.

The incident adds to a series of other allegations against Jackson, who was scheduled to go before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Wednesday. Panel member Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told MSNBC Tuesday night that the White House had blocked him from viewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check conducted as part of the nomination process.

Jackson's hearing will be delayed indefinitely following the allegations, lawmakers leading the confirmation announced Tuesday morning.

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Many senators like Senator Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, says Jackson's nomination is doomed.


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