Former CIA chief John Brennan stepped forth this Thursday to lash out against President Trump‘s latest decision to appoint White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
Brennan declared that while he personally knows Jackson and respects his skill as a doctor, he believes Jackson is unqualified to spearhead the massive agency, the second biggest in federal government.
Trump announced his choice of Jackson this Thursday in the same tweet he also proudly declared the removal of VA Secretary David Shulkin, who had been compromised by accusations of travel abuses.
I personally know and greatly respect Ronny Jackson….as a terrific doctor and Navy officer. However, he has neither the experience nor the credentials to run the very large and complex VA. This is a terribly misguided nomination that will hurt both a good man and our veterans
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 29, 2018
Jackson has been the presidential physician since 2013, and found himself in the spotlight back in January after he declared that Trump had “good genes” after the president’s yearly physical.
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters came to the defense of Jackson’s appointment at a press briefing this Thursday, explaining that Trump had chosen him for his extensive career in medicine.
“As I said earlier, the president has full confidence in Adm. Jackson,” Walters told reporters.
“The president did have some early individuals that he was looking at but continuously went back to Dr. Jackson to fulfill this role as VA secretary and ultimately decided that his health care experience, his distinguished career in the medical profession, was something that would be beneficial at the VA,” she added.
Brennan, served as CIA chief during the Obama administration, he has often been a vocal critic of Trump accusing him of being “unstable” and “unethical” in comments earlier this month.