Trump Meets Wounded Soldiers, Pledges Support for Veterans

28 April, 2018, 10:58 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Trump Meets Wounded Soldiers, Pledges Support for Veterans

Trump, who has come up with such short-hand nicknames as "Crooked Hillary" and "Little Marco" said of the White House physician: 'Calling him names was to me a disgrace an absolute disgrace'.

"They're trying to destroy a man", Trump said.

"Sen. Jon Tester engaged in character assassination against a decorated rear admiral in the United States Navy, and he didn't have a shred of evidence to back it up", Shah told the Post.

The allegation, however, was one of several facing the White House doctor.

It's the latest in a series of appointments and nominations that has opponents questioning US President Donald Trump's judgement.

Based on conversations with 23 of Jackson's colleagues and former colleagues, the review says Jackson was nicknamed "Candyman" by White House staff because he would provide prescriptions without paperwork. Jon Tester of Montana, who released a list of allegations against Jackson that was compiled by the Democratic staff of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The doctor, who is well-liked by and has personal relationships with many White House staffers, cited the withering pressure for withdrawing from consideration for the post, but maintained he had done nothing wrong.

'A nasty place. The false accusations that were made about him by Sen.

Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, urged the White House to take more time "to carefully select and vet a new nominee" who could head VA.


Jackson tells reporters at the White House he "never wrecked a auto".

It was a new low in the ongoing effort to undermine each of President Trump's Cabinet nominees by any means necessary.

Trump said in the interview that he has a replacement candidate in mind, but as of Thursday there were no clear front-runners to lead an agency that operates a far-flung health, benefits and cemetery system. Shulkin clashed with those in the administration who have sought an aggressive expansion of the department's Choice program, which allows veterans to seek health care from private providers at taxpayer expense.

The colleagues and former colleagues also told congressional staffers that there were multiple incidents of drunkenness on duty and said Jackson got drunk at a Secret Service going-away party and wrecked a government auto.

Trump said Tester hails from a "great state" which he added will "not put up with" such attacks from the two-term Democrat up for reelection this year. "It is my Constitutional responsibility to make sure the veterans of this nation get a strong, thoroughly vetted leader who will fight for them".

'I called him today. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, Jackson withdrew from the confirmation process to become head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"A thorough review of internal documents related to all presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate", the Secret Service said in a statement.

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