Surgeon General choice -- Will Jackson run VA, or vice-versa?

Surgeon General choice -- Will Jackson run VA, or vice-versa?

Surgeon General choice -- Will Jackson run VA, or vice-versa?

Trump repeated several times that he thought Jackson should withdraw.

Some GOP senators argue that Democrats are slow-walking even those Trump nominees with a solid track record, including Mike Pompeo, who got votes from 14 Democrats and one aligned independent previous year during his confirmation for Central Intelligence Agency director.

Trump said that if he were Jackson, "I wouldn't do it". 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.

Trump on March 28 named Jackson as his nominee for Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, and the doctor has spent the past week meeting with lawmakers and veterans organizations.

"Most of them are the ones that make you want to sleep and then make you wake up", Tester said.

Tester says more than 20 current and retired military personnel made complaints.

Trump did call Jackson "a great doctor" and "one of the finest people that I have met".

He spoke to reporters before meeting Tuesday afternoon with Republican Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate committee.

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

The letter requested information about rumored Pentagon inspector general reports said to detail allegations into Jackson's conduct. The allegations on the White House physician for creating a hostile work environment are also being reviewed.

The White House disputed that Jackson had improperly administered medication, saying the medical unit passed regular audits by the Controlled Substance Inventory Board.

According to the report, Jackson admitted he had failed to shield the White House medical unit from the leadership drama. Kuhlman left in 2013.

Trump's appointment of Jackson continues the president's pattern of rewarding loyalty instead of merit, a move that seems to be fueled by his own sense of personal political survival.

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A watchdog report reviewed Tuesday by The Associated Press appeared to corroborate some of those allegations. The report found that the conflict between them had become so bitter that workers described the dynamic as "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".

The Senate on Monday delayed Jackson's confirmation hearing, after top lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised questions about his qualifications for the job and stewardship of the White House's medical staff.

During a news conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump tried to position his lack of enthusiasm as a testament to the injustices facing Jackson.

Trump is criticizing members of Congress who questioned Jackson's lack of experience.

Tester told MTN, if the allegations against Jackson are proven to be true, he would view them as disqualifying.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., a member of the veterans committee, said that "if the allegations were based in fact, it would be concerning". Jon Tester of Montana.

"We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation", the statement said. His hearing had been set for Wednesday.

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson drunkenly pounded on the hotel-room door of a female colleague during a trip overseas in 2015, according to a report on Tuesday.

Trump tapped Jackson last month after firing former Obama administration official David Shulkin following an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency.

Speaking to CNN, Tester, the ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, disclosed some of the reports he has received about Jackson.

Tester also cited allegations that Jackson was drunk on duty during his time working for the administration of former President Barack Obama. But Jackson has since faced numerous questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers about whether he has the experience to manage the massive department of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans.

It's looking less and less likely that Ronny Jackson will be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs.

"Vetting failures unfortunately are symptomatic of a broader failure [of the Trump administration] to properly review and scrutinize the records of its nominees", Blumenthal said.

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