After Jackson Withdraws, Tester Thanks Those 'Who Bravely Spoke Out'

Lydia FlemingApr 27, 2018

Trump had singled out Tester over the handling of Jackson, the White House doctor.

Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who served three presidents, has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs following mounting allegations of professional misconduct.

Democratic leaders are placing the blame on the Trump administration for Ronny Jackson's withdrawal as nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Cabinet's only Obama-era holdover, Mr Shulkin clashed with those in the administration who have sought an aggressive expansion of VA's Choice programme, which allows veterans to seek healthcare from private providers at taxpayer expense.

Trump added that he is working on finding a replacement nominee for Jackson, who will be "somebody great", "with political capability". A document released by Democratic staff on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday evening alleged that Jackson was "abusive" to his colleagues, loosely handled prescription pain medications and was periodically intoxicated, even once wrecking a government vehicle while drunk.

"We were told stories where he was repeatedly drunk while on duty, where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world", Tester said. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to postpone the nominee's scheduled hearing this week before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

"This is yet another example of Trump taking actually someone who had a pretty sterling reputation, this guy way highly regarded and respected... and now his reputation is in tatters", Lewis said.

Jackson's announcement comes as Senate Democrats revealed they planned to further probe the allegations about his on-the-job conduct.

The allegations came from more than 20 military employees who approached senators ahead of Jackson's confirmation hearing, according to NPR, the biggest radio network in the country. "These are false. They're trying to destroy a man".

When asked if Jackson would stay on as White House doctor, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "Admiral Jackson is a doctor in the United States Navy assigned to the White House and is here at work today".

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A spokesperson for Tester did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Trump's statements Thursday morning, but did release a statement from Tester on Jackson withdrawing.

Jackson becomes the latest candidate Trump has put forward to run a major agency only to topple during the confirmation process.

He also said that Trump's weight was 239 lbs. - just a pound shy of the clinical requirement for obesity.

None of the most egregious allegations have been substantiated, and Trump and other senior White House officials have indicated that they stand behind Jackson and plan to keep him at the White House.

President Donald Trump, on an April 26 call to the show "Fox & Friends", said he had a nominee in mind. "Tremendous heart. These are all false accusations".

White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. And that was before accounts of questionable behavior on Jackson's part emerged.

"I even told him a day or two ago I saw where this was going", Trump said.

Tester will have a "big price to pay in Montana", the president said in his Fox interview.

"These allegations have become a distraction for the president and the issues we must be addressing".

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