Trump: My VA Nominee Doesn't Deserve This 'Abuse' - Page 2
President says he'd understand if Ronny Jackson bows out
- 'Serious': Sen. Mike Rounds, another Republican on the panel, tells NPR that "these are serious allegations, and they are ones we'd certainly want to get through." He, too, added that they are "unsubstantiated." The Washington Post reports that Isakson has called the White House to express his worry that Jackson isn't fit for the job.
- The vetting: Trump is taking flak for not properly vetting Jackson before nominating him, including in this criticism by Chris Cillizza at CNN. "This is what happens when you govern by personal preference and favor seat-of-the-pants decisions rather than more thought-out ones," he writes. One of the big issues Jackson was expected to be questioned about by senators is his lack of experience running an agency as large as the VA.
- Bizarre nickname: USA Today has background on Jackson, a Naval officer who served as an emergency doctor for US troops in Iraq before serving as the White House doctor to George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump. The first president he examined, Bush, nicknamed him "Scrote" because of a story Jackson told Bush about stitching up his own scrotum after an injury, reports the Washinton Post.
- White House support: Before Trump spoke, the White House issued a statement in support of the nominee. "Admiral Jackson has been on the front lines of deadly combat and saved the lives of many others in service to this country," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley. He also cited Jackson's work as physician to three US presidents and said the doctor's "record of strong, decisive leadership is exactly what's needed at the VA."
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