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Trump calls on Democratic senator to resign after VA pick drops out

28 April 2018, 07:43 | Katrina Lee

Trump Calls on Tester to Resign Over VA Pick Allegations: 'His Reputation Has Been Shattered'

Army veterans Andrew Person and Cliff Larsen give a press conference outside Senator Jon Tester's Missoula office Thursday

Jon Tester of Montana, who released a list of allegations against Jackson that was compiled by the Democratic staff of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

So angry that Trump says Montana's Jon Tester "should resign".

On Friday, CNN reported that one-time Department of Veteran's Affairs Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson has returned to the White House Medical Unit. "Not fair, Tester!" Trump tweeted Saturday.

"He would have done a great job, he has a tremendous heart", Trump said.

Prior to his withdrawal, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members were assessing allegations from whistleblowers who have told the panel about Jackson's questionable behavior including excessive drinking and a "toxic" work environment under his leadership, according to two former White House medical staff members who have spoken with the committee.

The White House said the records raise doubt about unsubstantiated claims from some Democratic lawmakers, who cited interviews with anonymous current and former colleagues on Jackson, that the White House physician overprescribed prescription medications, drank alcohol while on duty, and was involved in a auto accident that might have involved alcohol, the Associated Press reported. The claims include that Jackson had wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a Secret Service going-away party.

Investigators found three accident reports involving Jackson and a government vehicle. He also praised Jackson, who has worked as a White House physician for 12 years, as an "American hero" for exposing what he described as maliciousness in Washington.

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The hospital continued: "We understand that this decision is very distressing for Alfie's family at this very hard time". Alfie's parents have been engaged in a protracted legal fight with doctors over his care.

Tester will face one of several Republicans vying to face him in November, including former State Rep. Russell Fagg of Billings, businessman Troy Downing, State Sen.

Separately, the Secret Service said it has no evidence to support an allegation that its personnel intervened to prevent Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.

In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".

Jackson, who previously served presidents Obama and George W. Bush, was tapped by Trump to lead the VA after Shulkin departed March 28.

On Friday the White House said that internal records raise doubt about some of the most serious allegations leveled against White House doctor Ronny Jackson in his failed bid to become the next secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Moran says the people in the fields and VA hospitals in Kansas are usually veterans themselves, but things change as you head up the political ladder.

He also drew a parallel with the investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 campaign, saying he, too, had been victimized, by 'the Russian collusion hoax'.



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