White House Defies 'Outrageous' Allegations About Veterans Affairs Nominee Ronny Jackson

Doris Richards
April 25, 2018

The allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, are "very disturbing and need to be investigated", Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined (L-R) by, Sen. Jackson has reportedly denied all the allegations in conversations with senators on Capitol Hill.

Sanders confirmed that the president and Jackson discussed the allegations on Tuesday after the Senate postponed the confirmation hearings. Dr. Jackson has also been accused of drunkenly knocking on a female employee's hotel room door during an overseas trip in 2015, according to CNN.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee announced Tuesday that it was postponing Jackson's confirmation hearing while it reviews the allegations of hostile work behavior, excessive drinking on the job and impropriety in dispensing medication, brought forward by at least 20 current and former military members. The U.S. Secret Service intervened to stop Jackson, according to the report, so then-President Obama would not be awakened.

"He is the physician for the president, and in the previous administration we were told the stories he was repeatedly drunk while on duty, where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world".

"This is a vicious group of people that malign - and they do", Trump said at the news conference with Macron.

"The fact is I wouldn't do it", Trump said. "What does he need it for?"

White House spokesman Gidey, asked about concerns over Jackson's lack of management experience, said "the question is does anyone ever have management experience for an organization this size". "To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country, I really don't think personally he should do it, but it's totally his decision".

"I'm looking forward to getting it rescheduled and answering everybody's questions", he said in video captured by MSNBC, referring to his hearing.

In informal comments to reporters in the White House driveway, Sanders said that the administration viewed the allegations as "outrageous", pointing out that Jackson received the highest praise from former President Barack Obama and Trump.

FILE - White House physician Ronny Jackson answers questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's health after the president's annual physical during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Jan. 16, 2018. Kuhlman was the physician to Obama at the time, and had previously held the role occupied by Jackson: director of the White House medical unit.

On Tuesday, the White House scrambled to do damage control for Ronny Jackson.

Trump caught many observers off guard when he picked Jackson to replace ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin. But Jackson gave the president a top rating.

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