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BREAKING: Trump Ousts Scandal-Plagued Veterans Affairs Secretary, Appoints Replacement

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was out and that he was being replaced by White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson.

Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!”

The Washington Times reports that hours prior to the announcement by Trump, a spokesman for Mr. Shulkin said “that there were ‘no personnel changes to announce’ at the agency, despite mounting reports that Mr. Trump was preparing to remove Mr. Shulkin.”

A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found that Shulkin intentionally lied to government ethics officials and then lied to investigators to cover up his misuse of government funds. The details of Shulkin’s misbehavior can be found here.

Jackson began his active duty naval service in 1995 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He later became the honor graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program in Groton, Connecticut. After completing his residency at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in 2004, in 2005 he joined the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From there he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a forward deployed Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq.

Jackson was selected as White House physician in 2006, while he was still in Iraq. He has served as White House physician for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

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