Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Reportedly Looking To Replace VA Secretary David Shulkin

Trump Reportedly Looking To Replace VA Secretary David Shulkin

Shulkin began publicly complaining that people were colluding to push him out, including political appointees at the VA and White House, as well as operatives with Concerned Veterans for America, part of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch's network.

President Donald Trump has grown irritated with his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary, David Shulkin, and is now making plans to remove him from his post, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN.

Trump and Perry discussed the possible move during a lunch at the White House Monday. "Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin, by his conduct, lacks the moral authority to achieve you goals of a transparent, accountable VA that is dedicated to meeting our nation's obligations to the men and women who wore the uniform and made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms".

However, Kelly was reportedly blindsided when Shulkin later spoke with The New York Times about the issues within the VA. An inspector general report found that Shulkin spent most of a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe sightseeing, misused government resources by having the VA cover the cost of his wife's airfare and improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon.

The White House didn't comment on the rumors. Dr. Shulkin, who disputed the report's findings, went public with fears that appointees were "trying to undermine the department from within". Axios recently reported the President has been growing frustrated with him. The source was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations. Trump raised the idea with Perry on Monday, according to a number of news outlets that cited unidentified White House officials, but has not offered him the job so far. He is a holdover from the Obama administration, where he served as undersecretary for health overseeing medical facilities run by the VA, which provides care for more than 9 million enrolled veterans.

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