White House physician Ronny Jackson announced that he would withdraw from consideration for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, saying
Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.”
After Senator Jon Tester released a two-page list of unproven allegations smearing Trump’s nominee — who served as the White House physician for three different presidents and received exemplary recommendations and appraisals from all — Jackson made the decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the post.
I am not sure I can say I blame him.
President Donald Trump nominated the White House physician as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but faced stiff opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations which included medical misconduct, drinking while on duty and wrecking a government vehicle while driving intoxicated. He maintains that all of the allegations were fabricated.
“If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role,” he told the press.
Jackson expressed gratitude that the president had the trust and confidence to nominate him, but said the allegations became a distraction to care for veterans, who after all, should be the focus.
“Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing – how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes,” he said.
No word on who Trump will nominate next for such an important position as the VA continues to struggle with desperately needed reforms. It is expected that whoever gets the nod will also face opposition from what appears to be a growing obstructionist wing of Washington.
Have we reached a point where — for anti-Trumpers — that hatred of this president comes before love of country? Or are these decisions still rational and based in core beliefs and fact?
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