Four Democrats, including the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said Thursday they are “troubled” by VA Secretary David Shulkin’s “overly defensive” response to a scathing inspector general report about the secretary’s trip to Europe last year.

In a letter to Shulkin, the senators said he needs to officially tell the inspector general he will comply with all recommendations.

“We have read the inspector general’s (IG) report related to your international trip in the summer of 2017 and want to be clear about our disappointment in what was clearly a considerable lack of judgment,” they wrote. “Further, we are troubled by the overly defensive response from you and Deputy Secretary [Thomas] Bowman as published in the report, which indicated a lack of understanding or appreciation for the high standard to which you are held as a Cabinet official.

“To restore the trust of veterans, taxpayers and Congress, it is absolutely critical that you officially respond to the IG and confirm your immediate intention to comply with all five recommendations, to the fullest extent possible.”

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