Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump says Jackson must decide on Veterans Affairs nomination

Trump says Jackson must decide on Veterans Affairs nomination

The White House provided copies of Jackson's performance reviews with handwritten notes of effusive praise from former President Barack Obama and Trump, and said the FBI had given him a clean background investigation. Going from White House physician to running the massive - and massively dysfunctional - bureaucracy at the VA was seen as bridge way too far by many senators, who were caught by surprise by Jackson's selection and who anxious privately that Trump had picked him exclusively because the two men had a personal rapport. However, recent information has surfaced about allegations of "improper conduct" during his career that has Congress saying, "not so fast".

"(M) ost feel that Capt. Jackson's failures were primarily due to the destructive rapport with Capt. Kuhlman and that he has not had the opportunity to lead the WHMU without hindrance or support", according to an excerpt of the inspector general report obtained by NBC News.

"I was looking forward to the hearing", Jackson said in video captured by MSNBC.

His confirmation hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was indefinitely postponed.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night that people in the White House used to refer to the president's personal physician, Adm. But Jackson, who has worked as a White House physician since 2006, has faced numerous questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers as well as veterans groups about whether he has the experience to manage the massive department of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. Additional information would corroborate or dismiss the claims presented.

This is quite believable considering the January 16 press conference about the President's physical, in which Dr.

"He was the "Candyman" because he handed out prescription drugs like they were candy", Sen.

Tester said the people who raised concerns told the committee that "this doctor has a problem because he hands out prescriptions like candy, in fact in the White House they call him the candy man".

The reports described a power struggle and infighting between former White House doctor Jeffrey Kuhlman and Jackson, then the director of the White House medical unit. In one report, on an overseas trip, the doctor was allegedly so inebriated that he could not respond or function so someone else had to fill in for him.

It was during travel trips with The White House when Jackson was said to have been intoxicated on occasions.

Ok, so it's not just the drinking and passing out narcotics, there's more.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who isn't on the panel considering the nomination, said the allegations "raise questions about the White House vetting process", and added that she had concerns about Jackson even before the new questions came to light.

The two men clashed on a couple of fronts and when a command climate survey was done to assess the workplace, staffers said the two captains "bickered like two parents going through a bitter divorce".

"Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated", wrote former president Barack Obama about 50-year-old Iraq War veteran who has worked at the White House since 2006.

The end of that story is, to the dismay of his coworkers, Jackson stayed, and was later promoted to Admiral under the Obama Administration. In a CNN interview, Udall asserted that if the allegations are true, he doesn't have a chance and it's the agency that is leaderless and hurting.

The situation is the latest in a series of White House personnel controversies that have resulted in a higher-than-usual turnover.

Despite the rumors and allegations, Jackson isn't giving up. He said he isn't sure when, or whether, the hearing might be rescheduled.

"Well, I haven't heard of the particular allegations, but I will tell you he's one of the finest people that I have met, and I think speaking for Melania, also", Mr. Trump said.

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