Trump just fired David Shulkin via Twitter, replaced him with physician as VA secretary

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On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that he will be letting another member of his administration go, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and he has nominated White House physician and Navy rear-admiral Ronny Jackson to replace him.



Trump wrote, “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!”

Shulkin, who is the last man standing from former President Obama’s administration, thought everything was fine up until Monday when he heard reports of Trump telling fellow associates that his time was up in the White House.

Shulkin was initially said to be the least controversial member of Trump’s administration, and Trump even went as far as to say back in June that he would “never have to use” his signature reality catchphrase: “You’re fired,” on the VA secretary.

The VA secretary initially appeared to be the least controversial of Trump’s Cabinet members. Shulkin was confirmed unanimously and appeared frequently in the White House briefing room during Trump’s first year to tout accomplishments.

Things began to change when Shulkin’s inspector general revealed that during a business trip to Europe last summer, instead of focusing on the work that needed to be done abroad, Shulkin spend most of his time sightseeing and accepted tickets to see a Wimbledon tennis match, which was unethical. It also revealed that he used the taxpayer’s money to pay for his wife to join him.

Dr. Ronny Jackson is the physician who has recently given Trump a clean bill of health, and he’s also responsible for giving him a perfect score on his mental health assessment.


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