Trump announces via Twitter VA Secretary David Shulkin fired

Trump to fire Veterans Affairs secretary, nominating White House doctor as replacement

Trump to fire Veterans Affairs secretary, nominating White House doctor as replacement

Little is known about Dr Jackson's policy positions, but Mr Trump could have nominated an outrightly pro-privatisation candidate.

Shulkin is the third Trump Cabinet official to be fired.

Shulkin, haunted by an ethics scandal involving travel and tickets to Wimbledon that he and his wife accepted while traveling in Europe, has been expected be let go by Trump for weeks.

"On any given day", he wrote,"the 'physician's office, ' as it is known, is generally the first and last to see the President".

"There was nothing improper about this trip, and I was not allowed to put up an official statement or to even respond to this by the White House", Shulkin told NPR".

Fox News personality Pete Hegseth, a former director of CVA who also advises Trump on veteran issues, was considered for VA secretary, according to news reports.

Unfortunately, I think the choice to replace him, Dr. Ronny Jackson, is a poor one for many reasons, but at the top of the list is his lack of experience running, well, anything. It operates on a almost $200 billion budget.

Shulkin was the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs under President Barack Obama.

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Israeli police investigators have also been grilling Netanyahu for corruption over his involvement in cases 1000 and 2000. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coughs as he addresses a health conference in Tel Aviv, March 27, 2018.

"I've made the decision to reimburse the Treasury, to follow the IG recommendations and I'm committed to doing what we have to do to focus on veterans and make this better", he said. Of Jackson, he said, "I look forward to ... learning more about him".

"WE'LL never have to use those words on our David" said Donald Trump last June. The secretary started to come under fire when in February, a VA Office of Inspector General report revealed that Shulkin took a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe past year with his wife.

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

The Cerner EHR that the VA plans to implement over 10 years will cost a total of $15.8 billion, according to the latest agency data provided to Congress.

VoteVets also expressed skepticism about Trump's VA pick. Several projects remain unfinished, including a multibillion-dollar overhaul of electronic medical records aimed at speeding up wait times for veterans seeking medical care as well as expanded mental health treatment for veterans at higher risk of suicide.

Either way, lawyer Robert Wilkie is now the acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs until the decision is actually made official.

And the system has come under criticism from many veterans and organizations for falling short, particularly in terms of psychiatric care. President Trump and his administration have initiated several programs throughout the VA, meant to shake up the notoriously problematic system charged with caring for our nation's veterans.

Negotiations between the VA and Cerner to finalize the EHR contract have been going on for almost a year due to a series of delays.

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