Vice president's doctor complained about Ronny Jackson last fall

02 May, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Jon Tester

Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who had the temerity to investigate numerous complaints about Jackson and release a list of problem areas, which didn't even include the Karen Pence matter.

Trump, as he is wont to do when he has blundered, lashed out after the Jackson nomination imploded. The doctor said the September incident was part of a pattern of "intimidating" behavior on Jackson's part that pushed him to consider resigning. The White House says the records, covering recent years, disprove the allegations.

"[Jon Tester] has done some good things for veterans, but this was not one of them" said Roger Hagan, a retired Republican state politician who has worked with and likes Tester but said his handling of the Jackson nomination has "pretty much reinvigorated me to work to oppose him".

Trump said he'd called Jackson earlier Friday and told him that he was "an American hero" because he'd "exposed the system for some awful things". He's a great, great guy. and he started studying and then he started getting hit with vicious rumors — vicious. Well, I know things about Tester that I could say too. President Donald Trump nominated Jackson to head Veterans Affairs.

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Created a toxic work environment.

Jackson has been a White House physician since 2006.

After pledging to address the allegations, Jackson abruptly withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".

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.

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But it wasn't his lack of experience that halted the hearing, it was the allegations. Trump and Jackson have furiously denied the allegations, calling them an attempt to smear the reputation of a Navy rear admiral and respected White House physician. They included crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated at a Secret Service going-away party and doling out such a large supply of a prescription opioid that staffers panicked because they thought the drugs were missing. "She went up to the Hill and she spoke with approximately twenty-five Democrats... she's a holdover in the White House and didn't want Jackson to be nominated". Jackson reportedly attempted to intimidate the Vice President's doctor and was so angry about the encounter that he made the Pences' doctor feel "uncomfortable", according to CNN. I could've had it already.

In a statement this month, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley emphasized that Trump had nothing to do with Choice not being approved.

In a February University of Montana Big Sky poll, 41% of respondents said the President was doing a "poor" job. "The Trump administration looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to reform and strengthen the VA Choice program".

The Pences' doctor - who was not named in the report - confronted Jackson about the situation. Some conservatives such as Pete Hegseth, a "Fox & Friends" contributor, who has been previously considered for the VA secretary job, have suggested the plan may not go far enough to provide access to private doctors outside the government-run VA health system. "And if I said them, he'd never be elected again".

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