Published: Tue, May 01, 2018

Ronny Jackson Will Not Continue to be Trump's Doctor

Ronny Jackson Will Not Continue to be Trump's Doctor

Vice President Pence's physician reportedly raised concerns within the White House last fall over Adm. Ronny Jackson's behavior, months before he was nominated and ultimately withdrew as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips correspondents" dinner, "filthy" Michelle Wolf White House Correspondents' Association: Michelle Wolf's routine "not in the spirit' of our mission Trump to meet with crew of deadly Southwest Airlines flight MORE's pick for Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary.

Trump said during his recent Fox & Friends phone interview that he was already looking at someone with "political capabilities" for the position, though he declined to specifically identify anyone.

Jackson's new role was first reported by Politico.

After Jackson withdrew on Thursday, Trump launched into an attack on the committee's ranking Democrat, Jon Tester, over his opposition to the nominee and called for the Montana Democrat to resign in a tweet Saturday morning. I was given them on Friday.

Jackson and the White House have continued to deny allegations of misconduct, and Jackson's defenders in the White House said Monday that the episode involving Mrs. Pence was simply a dispute between two doctors with a strained relationship and that he had acted appropriately.


The White House continually defended Jackson as his nomination cratered on Capitol Hill this week.

Tester, the top Democrat on the Republican-controlled Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, is seeking a third Senate term this year in a state Trump won in 2016 with 56 percent of the vote. Jon Tester for "shameful smearing" of Jackson at CNN. The reason I wrote it that way is not because I didn't know what the allegations were. But I don't know if they are true ...

A different White House official also confirmed that the President's decision will likely take some time.

Ronny Jackson may not have been the best choice to run the VA, but we'll never know thanks to the time-honored Washington tradition of destroying good people who raise their hands when the president asks them to step forward. And clearly neither does Jon Tester.

Some of these compliments and recommendations came after the supposed vehicle wrecks and door-banging incident; that's hardly the kind of endorsement one gets from the President of the United States after making a habit of acting recklessly. And, increasingly, anything else having to do with the Trump administration.

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