Shulkin Claims Trump Fired Him With Tweet

Sanders I will work against any VA nominee backing privatization

Sanders I will work against any VA nominee backing privatization

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has repeatedly insisted that the White House fired him from his job at the department. If Shulkin resigned, Trump can put his own candidate in place to assume the job.

If Shulkin was indeed fired, Trump's decision to replace him with Wilkie instead of following VA's line of succession could imperil any decisions Wilkie makes while serving at VA in an acting capacity.

Shulkin, on the other hand, has vehemently denied that he resigned, telling multiple outlets that he was flatly fired.

Shulkin's tenure was rocked by a number of scandals before his ouster last Wednesday. That decision has given new life to the legal debate over how a President can pick a replacement for departing Cabinet secretaries. For his part, Shulkin has defended his conduct and said people who have ideological disagreements with him used the report as a "political exploit" to remove him from leadership. Shulkin added: "It shouldn't be this hard to serve your country". In an interview with MSNBC, the former V.A. secretary said that Trump mentioned nothing about removing him when they chatted on the phone the day of tweet. The three-page memo, obtained by the Associated Press, points out seven "lies" that it says Shulkin had spread. "There was no reason why I would resign".

"This is the president's call and I respect his decision", Shulkin said. We all understand that taking these jobs.

I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Trump and Shulkin agreed on policies at first.

The Associated Press reported that the White House circulated a three-page memo to rebut Shulkin's public statements blaming his exit on unfair political forces and insistence that he was sacked.

"Secretary Shulkin resigned from his position as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs", Walters said.

Elsewhere in the interview Sunday, Shulkin expressed frustration, as he did the days immediately following his departure, with political appointees at the top of the VA.

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He later said that his dismissal was "was somewhat of a surprise".

Shulkin told CNN host Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he would not have left the department voluntarily.

"I did not resign", he said. A spokesperson said the statement from Walters regarding Shulkin "still stands".

Shulkin was asked on CNN whether he was concerned about Jackson's lack of managerial experience. I continue to feel strongly about that. "There would be no reason for me to resign".

Camerota: So why not just say you were fired?

He holds he never submitted a letter of resignation. "He knew a change needed to be made and he made that change". That is certainly his prerogative to do that, and that's what happened.

Shulkin: General Kelly gave me a heads-up. "That is why he moved to make this change".

Fox News reporter Abby Huntsman then pressed Schlapp, saying: "So he didn't resign".

"The president said it was time to move on in terms of Veterans Affairs", Schlapp said.

Shulkin has warned that service members and their families could see a decrease in care if the agency goes ahead with plans to broaden its use of the private sector.

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