Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

White House pushes back on allegations against former Trump VA pick

White House pushes back on allegations against former Trump VA pick

Senator Jerry Moran says it will take a strong leader to take over the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and the US was too quick to judge the President's former nomination.

However, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont) wants the Senate to continue investigating Jackson, according to an article in USA Today.

President Donald Trump is calling White House doctor Ronny Jackson an "American hero" a day after Jackson withdrew from consideration for Veterans Affairs secretary in the wake of allegations about his conduct. "The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family", Trump tweeted.

Trump aides said the president was furious with Tester, who faces a tough re-election fight this fall, and plans to aggressively campaign against him. Both Jackson and Trump have insisted that the allegations are false, but Jackson nonetheless withdrew his name Thursday morning.

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

Asked whether Jackson will remain on the job as White House doctor, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "Admiral Jackson is a doctor in the United States Navy assigned to the White House and is here at work today".

None sounded like the accusation contained in the document distributed by Mr. Tester: "At a Secret Service going-away party, Jackson got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle".

Internal records, including police reports, show that Jackson was in three minor vehicle incidents in government vehicles during the last five years, but none involved the use of alcohol and he was not found to be at fault.

White House officials were visibly dismayed Wednesday and Thursday as they watched Jackson suffer the blows of the allegations. Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks told the AP the office would not comment until it knew more about the White House records.

"Over the last 48 hours, media outlets have alleged that U.S. Secret Service personnel were forced to intervene during a Presidential foreign travel assignment in order to prevent disturbing (former) President Barack Obama", The Secret Service released in a statement.

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".

"I would take that as a very positive thing that President Trump has been able to negotiate in the past year or so, and we'll see how it all plays out over time", he said.

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

He says that includes "some very political people" who might handle things differently.

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