Shulkin out at VA to be replaced by Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson
By: Pam Collins, Xiro Xone News March 29, 2018 Updated: 5:34 PM PT
The words “You’re fired,” come to mind in the latest firing to come out of the white house. After President Trump fired Secretary of Veteran Affairs, David Shulkin. In an early morning tweet Wednesday, the President let the nation know he was replacing Secy. Shulkin. Before the tweet, chief of staff John Kelly notified Shulkin that the announcement was forthcoming.
There was growing speculation that Shulkin’s job had been on the line since an ethics investigation returned a scathing report on Shulkin’s European excursion with his wife to the tune of $100,000 paid by taxpayers. Shulkin accepted luxury gifts such as VIP tickets to Wimbledon, and allowed his former chief of staff to alter emails to justify his wife’s travel at taxpayer’s expense. Then recent allegations surfaced that he had a member of his security detail running personal errands.
Shulkin responded to the President’s decision by saying, "They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed." He added: "That is because I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans."
In what some taxpayers consider a joke, Shulkin said he would repay $4,000 of the $100,000 luxury excursion.
Shulkin will be replaced by, the White Hose physician, Navy rear admiral Ronny Jackson, who served. Jackson is the same doctor who said Trump is healthy and will remain healthy throughout his presidency, even another term.” He also said, “The President’s weight was 239 pounds.” Dr. Jackson’s report raised eyebrows no only because of the weight but also, saying the President “will remain healthy throughout his presidency and even another term.”
However, rear admiral Ronny Jackson will more than likely be confirmed by the senate in spite of the fact that, he has never held a job in management and has no experience or skill set that will help him manage the department of Veteran Affairs, with a budget of $186 billion, and 377,000 employees, it is an agency larger than the FBI.
When experts publicly questioned Trumps cognitive ability, it was Dr. Jackson who said, he administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test with a score of 30/30 and Trump performed exceedingly well.”
Dr Jackson really wanted the position. “He had been attached like “Velcro” to Trump since Inauguration Day” said Brig, Gen. Richard Tubb.
Joe Chenelly, the national executive director of AMVETS responded to the news by saying “We are disappointed and already quite concerned about this nominee,” “The administration needs to be ready to prove that he’s qualified to run such a massive agency, a $200 billion bureaucracy.”