In yet another ouster, Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin

In yet another ouster, Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin

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WASHINGTON (TIP): US President Donald Trump
 on Wednesday, March 29 fired his Veterans Affairs Secretary David 
Shulkin and nominated White House physician, Admiral Ronny Jackson as 
his replacement.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter and later issued a separate statement thanking Shulkin for his services.

“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 wrote on Twitter.

“I appreciate the work of Dr. David 
Shulkin and the many great things we did together at Veterans Affairs, 
including the VA Accountability Act that he was helpful in getting 
passed. He has been a great supporter of veterans across the country and
 I am grateful for his service,” Trump said in a later statement.

Early this month, Trump had unceremoniously fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated Mike Pompeo, the CIA Director, for the top diplomatic position in his cabinet.

Both the cabinet positions need to be confirmed by the US Senate.

“In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of 
DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David 
Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!” Trump said 
in another tweet.

Trump said Jackson was highly trained and qualified.

“As a service member himself, he has 
seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and has a deep
 appreciation for the debt our great country owes them,” he said in a 
separate statement.

Wilkie, who will serve as the Acting 
Secretary for the department, is currently the Undersecretary of Defense
 for Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defense and overseas 
health affairs, welfare and quality of life for military families.

Jackson has served as the White House physician during the past three administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Since arriving at the White House, he 
has directed the Executive Health Care for the President’s Cabinet and 
Senior Staff, served as physician supervisor for the Camp David 
Presidential Retreat, held the position of physician to the White House 
and led the White House Medical Unit as its director.

A native of Texas, and a graduate from 
Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology; 
Jackson began his active duty naval service in 1995 and went on to 
become the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program
 in Groton, Connecticut.

The opposition Democratic Party expressed concern over the firing of Shulkin.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called Shulkin’s dismissal “a troubling step in the Trump Administration’s ultimate goal of VA (Veterans Affairs) privatization”.

“From day one of this administration, 
the president has openly encouraged and embraced Koch Brothers-led 
forces as they work around Congress and behind closed doors to dismantle
 veterans’ health care,” Pelosi said.

She urged the members of Congress to join hands against any effort to privatize VA.

Senator Johnny Isakson, chairman of the 
Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said Shulkin had made a 
tremendous impact toward improving the lives of veterans during his time
 at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

“He has been instrumental in all that we
 have accomplished in the last year, and I thank Dr. Shulkin for his 
dedicated service to our country and our veterans,” he said.

Concerned Veterans for America executive
 director Dan Caldwell said Shulkin made significant headway in 
reforming the department, but ultimately became a distraction from the 
important task of improving health care for the veterans.


“The Trump administration has made great
 progress over the last year reforming and fixing the VA, however there 
is still much work to be done,” he said.


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