Outgoing VA Chief Takes Parting Shot at White House

David Shulkin says he was forced out over privatization; new pick is 'Doc' Ronny Jackson
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2018 10:36 AM CDT
White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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(Newser) – That President Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary on Wednesday is no big surprise. After all, David Shulkin had been on the outs with the White House over reports of improper spending and policy differences. Far more surprising is Trump's pick to replace him: White House physician Ronny Jackson. Why? Because while Jackson is a well-regarded Navy physician, having served the last three presidents, he has no managerial experience—and the VA is the second biggest federal department, reports Politico. A look at related coverage:

  • Parting shot: Shulkin isn't exactly leaving on a quiet note. In a New York Times op-ed, the only Obama-era holdover on Trump's Cabinet says he was forced out because the president and his supporters "saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed." He adds: "As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country."

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