WH doctor exits bid for cabinet post

Ronny Jackson will not return as Trump’s physician

In a Saturday morning tweets, the president took aim at Tester, after White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs over Tester's shocking allegations. He was a surprise nominee to succeed David Shulkin, a holdover from the previous administration once lauded by Trump and who was sacked March 28.

On Thursday, Trump said the allegations were false, and said Jackson's accusers were "trying to destroy him". He noted, however, that the possible nominee has more political experience than Jackson. He had stepped aside from directing Trump's medical care and leading the medical unit while his nomination was being considered.

Trump singled out Sen. Jon Tester to resign after he alleged the president's pick for secretary of Veterans Affairs had a dubious record of prescribing and drunk driving.

The Secret Service also challenged a CNN report that said Jackson had to be stopped by agents during an overseas trip for banging on a White House staffer's hotel room door, over concerns that the noise might disturb then-President Barack Obama.

In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".

But some Democratic lawmakers questioned his merits in light of the allegations. In my role as a doctor, I have tirelessly worked to provide excellent care for all my patients. Chris Coons of Delaware.

Filling the post of Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the second largest in government after the Defense Department, has proven to be the most hard for Trump of all his Cabinet choices.

Trump won the state of Montana by over 20 points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. That nomination remains pending with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Trump sympathized with Jackson's plight but said he knew what he was getting into when he ran for president. His previous nominees for labor secretary, Army secretary and Navy secretary all withdrew a year ago after questions arose during their vetting process.

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President Donald Trump welcomed a group of wounded soldiers to the White House on Thursday and declared his administration will support soldiers and veterans "every single day, now and always".

Shulkin won unanimous Senate confirmation and initially was praised by Trump for improving accountability within the VA and taking steps to reduce wait times.

"With the Veterans Choice Program facing yet another budget shortfall, it is absolutely critical that Congress pass legislation in the coming weeks that fixes the VA's choice and community programs so that up to a million veterans don't lose access to critical care", Caldwell said in a statement. The White House asked for the past two and a half years of audits.

He rose to prominence in January, after delivering a glowing assessment of Trump's health.

"He's a fearless man, would have been a great leader", Trump said, adding that he spoke with Jackson on Friday morning and told him he was an "American hero". They began interviewing his colleagues, many of them active-duty military officers, whose assessment of the admiral alarmed not only Tester but also the committee's chairman, Sen. The unverified allegations include charges Jackson created a hostile work environment, along with excessive drinking and that he improperly gave out prescription medications such as Ambien and Percocet. The GSA would have records on all government vehicles.

Tester faces a tough race in November - his Republican challenger will be determined by a June primary - in a state where Mr. Trump enjoys a 52 percent approval rating as of January, according to Gallup.

"I want to thank the service members who bravely spoke out over the past week", Tester said. "It is my constitutional responsibility to make sure the veterans of this nation get a strong, thoroughly vetted leader who will fight for them", he said.

On Friday the White House said that internal records raise doubt about some of the most serious allegations leveled against White House doctor Ronny Jackson in his failed bid to become the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. Numerous accusations were compiled by the office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., wrote on Twitter.

This post has been updated with additional information.

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