A glaring vacancy has occupied the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs after the departure of David Shulkin and the subsequent nomination, debate and eventual rejection of Dr. Ronny Jackson for the position. In their stead, Robert Wilkie has taken up the mantle of Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Recently, President Donald Trump sent forth his nomination for Wilkie to take the job in a permanent capacity.
Dr. Jackson was mired in controversy after his nomination was put forward by President Trump. Allegations of drinking on the job, mismanagement of medical staff, and more accusations that culminated into Jackson’s rejection of the offer. Trump has said that he believed that Dr. Jackson did not deserve to be treated with such criticisms, and that he was a good man. Nevertheless, the position had remained vacant.
Since Wilkie has been filling in, Trump has said that he “has done an incredible job at the VA,” and now we have another nominee for the position.
Robert Wilkie was born in Germany as the son of an Army Artillery Officer that eventually reached the rank of Colonel before retiring.