Friday, 20 April, 2018


Trump considering Rick Perry to take over VA, new report says

Trump considering Rick Perry to take over VA, new report says Trump considering Rick Perry to take over VA, new report says
Bennie Garza | 14 March, 2018, 10:43

Shulkin then told Politico that he had the green light from the White House to crack down on "subversion", adding that those who had defied him "won't be working in my operation. those who crossed the line in the past are going to have to be accountable for those decisions", he added.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has reportedly left a bad impression on President Donald Trump.

Current and former VA employees have also emailed unconfirmed statements of mismanagement stemming from the agency.

The current VA secretary, David Shulkin, is under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe previous year. An inspector general report found that Shulkin spent most of a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe sightseeing, misused government resources by having the VA cover the cost of his wife's airfare and improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon.

The recent murmurs of Rick Perry, in particular, possibly being Shulkin's replacement come just a day after the President hosted Perry at the White House for lunch, though no formal job offer was made at that time, according to unnamed sources.

But perhaps Shulkin's most egregious move in the White House's eyes has been his attempts to color himself in the media as acting with the administration's blessing.

As recently as last week, after a series of meetings with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, Dr. Shulkin publicly declared victory, hinting that he had the White House's support to remove officials battling him.

Following an outbreak of negative press coverage, Shulkin hired additional lawyers and an outside public-relations firm to fend off reports of internal quibbles and to help with the fallout. His status as the sole Obama holdover in Trump's administration initially did not raise any issues, people familiar with the situation said.

Shulkin also is bracing for an upcoming VA watchdog report, due for release by summer that focuses in part on whether he used his 24-7 security detail for personal errands.

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