Trump defends embattled VA nominee after hearing is delayed
25 April, 2018, 15:19 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
It suggested that the White House replace Kuhlman, or Jackson, or both. In fact, you had President Obama basically saying that Admiral Jackson was poised under pressure, that he should be promoted. Trump wrote previous year that Jackson is "A GREAT DOCTOR + LEADER - '2 STAR MATERIAL'". Kuhlman was the physician to Obama at the time, and had previously held the role occupied by Jackson: director of the White House medical unit.
Meanwhile, over the past week, complaints about Jackson were quietly reaching senators on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Jackson used the meeting to deny allegations against him that were described earlier in the day by a pair of senators on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about internal discussions.
"Most of them are the ones that make you want to sleep and then make you wake up", Tester said.
In a private meeting with Sen. "These very serious questions about Admiral Jackson need answers, and the answers should have been ready well before the questions were raised publicly". Jackson denies there were any watchdog reports detailing allegations against him.
The report quoted unnamed members of the White House medical unit who, while participating in a focus group, used phrases like "Worst command ever", "No one trusts anyone" and "The leaders are child-like".
Trump's appointment of Jackson continues the president's pattern of rewarding loyalty instead of merit, a move that seems to be fueled by his own sense of personal political survival. The document described the working environment as akin to "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".
Trump said a decision about whether to proceed would be left to Jackson.
Trump is criticizing members of Congress who questioned Jackson's lack of experience.
Isakson told fellow GOP senators over the weekend about the allegations prompting those on the panel to give their support for delaying the hearing, one senator said.
They say it is their duty to "thoroughly and carefully vet" his nomination.
"We're gonna have a hearing at some time in the future, but not Wednesday", said Sen.
Isakson and Tester sent a letter to President Trump Tuesday requesting all information regarding any improper conduct pertaining to Jackson's service in the White House Medical Unit and as physician to the president. It seeks any communication between the Pentagon and the White House regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him.
Trump selected Jackson to head the VA last month after firing former Obama administration official David Shulkin following an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency.
Spokeswoman Amanda Maddox cites questions from lawmakers over allegations made about Jackson's past behavior.
At the Capitol on Tuesday, Jackson told reporters that he was eager to face the confirmation hearing, though he didn't respond directly to questions about the allegations. Shulkin is a former hospital executive who was a holdover from Obama's administration and who initially won Trump's favor for his efforts to overhaul the long-troubled system for veterans health care. But as president, the result is a growing list of Cabinet secretaries and other officials who do not appear to undergo the rigorous scrutiny typically expected for White House hires. "He's served as the physician to three presidents - Republican and Democrat - and been praised by them all".
"Look", McConnell said, "it's up to the administration to do the vetting".
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Allegations came to light on Tuesday that the president's nominee for Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department may have over-prescribed drugs and been drinking on the job.
"Vetting failures unfortunately are symptomatic of a broader failure [of the Trump administration] to properly review and scrutinize the records of its nominees", Blumenthal said.
Isakson declined to say anything more at the Capitol.
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