BREAKING: Trump’s VA Pick Withdraws Nomination After More Reckless Drinking Allegations Surface
White House Physician Ronny Jackson was Picked By Trump to Lead the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Ronny Jackson’s fifteen minutes are up. A barrage of allegations including overprescribing medication in the wake of an opioid crisis and day drinking in the office that emerged over the past week severely threatened his chances at confirmation as Veterans Affairs Secretary in the first place. But new reports stating that Jackson got intoxicated at a Secret Service party and crashed a government vehicle, and that he was passed out drunk on duty while he was needed for a medical emergency forced the physician to withdraw from consideration to the post.
Jackson released a statement, according to Politico, early this morning:
“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. The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated. If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years.”
Trump picked Jackson, whose January report on the president’s health was highly criticized, to lead the VA after Secretary David Shulkin stepped down after claiming the White House “muzzled” him last month.
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