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Ronny Jackson withdraws from Veteran Affairs nomination

27 April 2018, 12:53 | Lowell Little

BREAKING: Trump's VA pick withdraws amid allegations of misconduct

White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his nomination amid serious allegations of workplace misconduct that first emerged this week.

"While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs", Jackson added.

As for the next candidate, "the VA job requires substantial experience managing large organizations, but a top CEO from the private sector probably is the wrong person", Antos continued, perhaps alluding to President Obama's last VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, who previously headed Procter & Gamble and got generally low marks in the VA job.

Veteran advocates and many lawmakers also had expressed concerns about Jackson's lack of management experience, and some have anxious that he would capitulate to President Trump's goal of outsourcing more veteran services.

Multiple individuals cited the nickname "Candyman" for Jackson because he would provide whatever prescriptions they wanted without paperwork, the release said.

Later, Tester spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper about the allegations, among them, that Jackson loosely dispensed sleep-related prescription medications ambien and provigil.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers indefinitely postponed Jackson's scheduled confirmation hearing as they investigate so-far unsubstantiated charges he has overseen a toxic work environment at his White House office and drank on the job. I did say, 'Welcome to Washington.

For days, the Pentagon has been silent about the allegations against Jackson, saying it would be inappropriate to comment while his Cabinet nomination was pending with the Senate.

The allegations against Jackson stem from 20 active duty and former military members, Tester told NPR on Tuesday. "These are false. They're trying to destroy a man", the president said. Jon Tester, who headed the committee report and is running for re-election.

Jackson gained a degree of fame unusual for White House physicians earlier this year when he took questions from the White House press corps on national television, gushing at length about Trump's health after conducting the president's physical exam. The claims led the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to delay Jackson's confirmation hearing on Monday. Jackson became the White House doctor in 2006, under former President George W. Bush. Veterans groups, such as AMVETS, expressed concern that Jackson was not experienced enough to lead one of the largest bureaucracies in the federal government.

"He would have done a great job, a tremendous heart", Trump said in a "Fox & Friends" interview.

That pressure culminated Thursday with Jackson withdrawing from consideration.

Trump caught many observers off guard when he picked Jackson to replace ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin.

Mr Trump added: "I think Jon Tester (a U.S. senator who has been vocal about the allegations) has a big price to pay".

She said Jackson has received "enormous praise" in past employment reviews, but had discussed the allegations with Trump.

A watchdog report requested in 2012 found Dr Jackson and a rival doctor exhibited "unprofessional behaviours" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit.

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