Dr. Ronny Jackson no longer VA nominee

White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

Jackson announced the move in a written statement Thursday morning.

Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous...

Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his nomination amid serious allegations of workplace misconduct that first emerged this week.

Trump blamed Tester for Jackson's withdrawal and said on Fox that Tester would "have a big price to pay in Montana".

Physician to the president Dr. Ronny Jackson distributed great quantities of prescription opioid Percocet to a White House Staff member, throwing his staff into a frenzy, according to a new report from The New York Times. Current House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) is another possibility. Jackson has denied all the allegations, but said he would withdraw to avoid being a "distraction".

The withdrawal leaves Trump without a candidate to lead the VA, and leaves agency watchers wondering about the fate of the promised $16 billion electronic health record modernization upgrade promised by ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin. Dr. Jackson's better known as the guy who said Trump's cognitive health was so fantastic, that he could "live to be 200" if he cut down on eating fast food.

Tester commended the 23 anonymous sources, many of whom now work in the military, for stepping forward to address Jackson's alleged shortcomings. The doctor met with White House officials on Wednesday. "These are false accusations", Trump said on "Fox and Friends". Bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs officially delayed Jackson's confirmation hearing earlier this week.

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In addition to concerns over Jackson's management experience, there were also reports related to his prescribing practices, possible drunken behavior while on duty and overseeing a hostile work place.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday that "he is here at work today". Jon Tester, D-Mont., the committee's ranking Democrat, received damaging information about Jackson's management of the White House medical office. "If they are true then there are much larger issues with the White House military office and the security clearance process".

Jackson told reporters at the White House earlier on Wednesday that he did not wreck a auto, saying he did not know where the allegations were coming from.

Adm Jackson, a one-star navy admiral whose tenure at the White House spans three administrations, has been criticised as too inexperienced to take on the monumental task of leading an organisation comprising more than 360,000 employees.

He also allegedly wrecked a government vehicle while under the influence of alcohol at a Secret Service going-away party.

A former colleague who spoke to The Associated Press described Jackson as a gregarious, Type A charmer who knew how to position himself for success - attentive to bosses but also causing unnecessary grief and consternation among colleagues.

The summary was based on conversations with 23 of Jackson's current and former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit. Jackson's nomination has inadvertently exposed the widespread use of sleep and alertness drugs among government officials from the White House and State Department to the Pentagon and Congress itself.

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