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Trump's pick for Veterans Affairs chief withdraws

Trump's pick for Veterans Affairs chief withdraws Trump's pick for Veterans Affairs chief withdraws
Patty Aguilar | 27 April, 2018, 17:36

Jackson, 50, a Navy rear admiral who served in Iraq, has been under fire for days amid questions about his qualifications to lead VA and allegations of his management practices at the White House Medical Unit.

Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate confirms Trump pick for U.S. ambassador to Germany Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's new secretary of State Tester pushes back on Trump: "I am not political" MORE (D-Mont.) said earlier this week that Jackson, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Fox interview "like listening to the rantings of Richard Nixon" Pompeo arrives in Brussels for first overseas trip as secretary of State Feds seized over a dozen phones in Cohen raids MORE's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), was nicknamed "the candy man" because he would hand out prescription drugs on planes.

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Jackson, a White House physician since 2006, met privately with Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and the president urged him to keep fighting to win confirmation, according to a White House official briefed on the meeting. It also presents a stark contrast to the stellar portrait offered by Jackson's defenders, who have described previous allegations as a smear job. Jon Tester's Democratic staff on the committee considering his nomination.

"The White House bungled this nomination from the start-fumbling the facts and vetting and then failing to produce documents".

Last month, Trump fired his first Veterans Affairs secretary, David J. Shulkin, an experienced hospital administrator and veteran of the VA medical system, and then chose Jackson largely out of personal affinity.

Jackson's indecision was brewing even before Capitol Hill Democrats on Wednesday released new allegations of professional misconduct, including the claim that Jackson had wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a Secret Service going away party. Jon Tester of Montana, the top Democrat on the panel, is leading the investigation. Sen.

The summary was based on conversations with 23 of Jackson's current at former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit.

In his statement, Jackson said that the allegations against him were "false and fabricated".

The Democratic staff also found had become known as "Candyman" because of the way he handed out drugs.

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The document provided no evidence for one of its claims, that Jackson curried favor with White House officials by improperly enrolling them in Tricare, the coveted military health plan, or that he falsified prescriptions to cover how much he was prescribing and to whom.

The Post was unable to confirm the report's description that Jackson was once "passed out drunk in his hotel room" when a White House official needed medical attention.

The allegations were publicly released on the day that Jackson's confirmation hearing was to have been held.

Sanders said Wednesday that Jackson had passed "at least four independent background checks" that found "no areas of concern".

Trump expressed his views on the Jackson episode on Fox News's "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning.

"He has received more vetting than most nominees", she said.

That report by the Navy's Medical Inspector General found a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members, who described the working environment as "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".

It included no references to improper prescribing of drugs or the use of alcohol, as alleged in the summary compiled by the Senate Democratic staff members.

"The VA now has a competent Acting Secretary in Robert Wilkie who can manage the VA along with the rest of his leadership team", he said.

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