Ronny Jackson Withdraws Nomination for Veterans Affairs Secretary

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Ronny Jackson, MD, withdrew his nomination to be Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary amid allegations concerning his professional conduct.

Jackson announced the move in a written statement Thursday morning. "I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks", he wrote.

Asked whether Jackson will stay on, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, "Admiral Jackson is a doctor in the United States Navy assigned to the White House and is here at work today". The document also described Jackson's "pattern" of handing out medication with no patient history, writing himself prescriptions and contributing to a hostile work environment with "a constant fear of reprisal".

White House physician Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, withdrew his nomination for the post Thursday.

The president also took a shot at Tester, saying that his role in the controversy surrounding Jackson is "going to cause him a lot of problems" with Montana voters, as Trump won the state handily in 2016.

At a press briefing April 25, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Dr. Jackson had passed four background checks with "glowing evaluations from his superiors", including one conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and none of the checks revealed areas of concern.

Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, urged the White House to take more time "to carefully select and vet a new nominee" who could head VA.

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But he said he chose to withdraw the nomination because allegations had become a distraction for the president. Trump fired his first secretary, David Shulkin, in March after concerns about unauthorized travel expenses.

"No, I have not wrecked a vehicle, so I can tell you that", Jackson said to reporters. "What was so surprising about the Jackson appointment is that the VA may be the most complex and challenging job open in the Trump administration and he picked someone with no relevant experience". Prior to his service on the presidential physician's team, he served as an emergency medicine physician in the mid-2000s and was deployed to Iraq. "These are false accusations", Trump said on "Fox and Friends". Jon Tester for releasing a memo of unproven allegations against Jackson, smearing his reputation for the committee.

Another allegation from the report claims Jackson was routinely intoxicated, in one incident during the Obama administration even allegedly becoming so drunk that he wrecked a government vehicle.

Physician to the President U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson meets with Sen. I'm fed up with these political games from Tester and his blind allegiance to his party bosses and not the people of Montana. "If they are true then there are much larger issues with the White House military office and the security clearance process". And that was before accounts of questionable behavior on Jackson's part emerged.

Democrats say Dr Jackson's nomination was doomed from the start because he was never properly vetted for the role by the White House.

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in a Politico article published a day before Jackson withdrew.

Jim Messina, previously a deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, said last week that Trump choosing Jackson to run the VA "was the worst choice you could possibly imagine".