White House Doctor Withdraws As Trump's Cabinet Nonimee

White House Doctor Withdraws As Trump's Cabinet Nonimee

It read, in part, "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 attacks on my character and integrity".

Trump unexpectedly picked Jackson to replace a holdover from the administration of former President Obama, David Shulkin, whom Trump fired. Jon Tester, whose office issued a hard-hitting report Wednesday about the work of Jackson, adding that the senator "has to pay a big price to pay in Montana".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Jackson had passed "at least four independent background checks" that found "no areas of concern". The accusations, which were listed in a two-page memo released Wednesday, include drinking on the job, improperly dispensing drugs, and creating a hostile work environment.

Trump surprised even his closest aides a month ago with an evening tweet announcing Jackson was his pick to run the VA.

Tester, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, also relayed allegations that there were "multiple incidents of drunkenness on duty", including one in which Jackson could not be reached in his hotel room when needed and at a Secret Service going-away party in which Jackson "got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle".

Jackson has come under fire for his alleged behavior as White House physician.

The upset was the latest chaotic personnel decision to rock Trump's White House, which has been roiled by an unusually high number of firings and resignations.

"I never wrecked a vehicle", he said. The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, said Jackson denied the allegations.

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Veterans advocacy groups said this week that politics have precluded the agency from effectively addressing the many challenges it faces as health care needs grow for Vietnam-era veterans and those who have served since 9/11.

Trump said at a Tuesday news conference that he continues to support Jackson's nomination, but he had asked Jackson, "What do you need it for?"

"We're standing by Jackson", Short said.

Tester had said Jackson's nickname was "the candyman" because of his willingness to hand out prescription drugs. They portrayed him a "vindictive" leader and "intolerable" as he gained power within the White House Medical Unit.

"I just think the White House does not vet their nominees so it leaves us as members having to look at their personal and leadership and other qualities", said Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington, a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

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. On one occasion, Jackson was said to have provided a "large supply" of the opioid drug Percocet to a staffer for the White House Military Office, which threw the office "into a panic" because it didn't know where the drugs went.

Dr Jackson has faced a series of accusations about his workplace conduct, including that he recklessly prescribed drugs and exhibited drunken behaviour.

There were also questions about Jackson's position on privatizing the VA - something many of Trump's most conservative backers have pushed for.

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