Without the histrionics or name-calling so frequently deployed in Washington now.
He has a proven track record of working for our veterans and rising above political games to push through gridlock and deliver for the VA. "Despite published reports, there are no personnel announcements at this time".
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Jackson's record was "impeccable", and said he had passed multiple background checks, including one conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Moreover, reports that Jackson is no longer employed as the president's physician are only partially accurate, Carter reports. (Perhaps for the best, given his lack of administrative experience in herding such a massive legion of dysfunctional cats.) Despite the fact that the Secret Service was unable to substantiate any of the claims made against him, leading to some calls for Tester's resignation, the damage had clearly been done.
The president has taken aim at Tester in recent days after the Montana Democrat, who is up for reelection in a state Trump won, released a document that laid out allegations that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, Trump's VA secretary pick, drank on the job, overprescribed medication and fostered a hostile work environment as personal physician to the president.
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"I know things about Tester that I can say, too", Trump said later Saturday at a campaign-style rally in MI.
Tester, speaking on MSNBC, acknowledged that not all the allegations had been verified, but said they should be investigated.
Democrats on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs claim the bombshell allegations were backed by 23 individuals, but the committee has not released the names of those individuals, Carter notes.
Jackson has been a White House physician since 2006. "I don't want to send him through a process like that", he said, referring to the customary vetting by Congress. The Secret Service said it has found no evidence of an alleged auto accident involving drunken driving, one of the claims released by Tester.
Trump's administration is having, to say the least, an incredibly hard time getting seemingly well-qualified nominees through the Senate, as was evident this week with CIA Director Mike Pompeo's secretary of state nomination. The most damning are that he trashed a government vehicle while drunk, had a cavalier attitude towards handing out prescription drugs, and banged on a female colleague's door so violently that it grabbed the attention of the Secret Service while on a foreign trip during the Obama administration.