Trump defends embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson

Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the White House physician and nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, on Capitol Hill after meeting with a Republican senator Tuesday afternoon. Credit Michael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock

President Trump hinted Tuesday that White House physician Ronny Jackson, his nominee to be Veterans Affairs secretary, might drop out. The Senate delayed Jackson’s confirmation hearing after allegations surfaced that he possibly improperly dispensed medication, oversaw a hostile work environment in the White House, and was potentially drunk at times while on duty. “It’s too ugly,” Trump said. “I said to Dr. Jackson, what do you need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians? … If I was him … I wouldn’t do it.” A White House statement released later, after Trump and Jackson talked, defended Jackson, calling his record “impeccable.” Jackson, who had been scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday, declined to comment.

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