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25 April 2018, 09:02 | Bernice Figueroa
Claims of Overprescription and Hostile Work Environment Delay VA Nominee
Jackson was nominated by President Donald Trump to head the Veterans Affairs department on March 28, 2018.
We wrote when President Trump picked Dr. Jackson that he had put Dr. Jackson in a rough spot, and now here we are.
But other officials fear Jackson's nomination is doomed. He defused doubts about the health and fitness of Trump in January, describing the president's medical condition in emphatically glowing terms. Kuhlman was the physician to Obama at the time, and had previously held the role occupied by Jackson: director of the White House medical unit. "Already at a level of performance and responsibility that far exceeds is current rank, promote to Rear Admiral now", said an undated performance review that was signed by Obama. Dr. Jackson also doesn't appear to have a background in Washington's treacherous politics of veterans.
So, this is a pattern of White House nominees having real issues. The complaints the White House heard include that he oversaw a poor work environment and that he had drunk alcohol on the job, according to an administration official who demanded anonymity to speak on a sensitive personnel matter. Most of the alleged activity was related to Jackson's behavior during worldwide travel, including stories that he was often drunk while on duty. Following the meeting, Sen.
"I'm looking forward to the hearings so we can sit down and I can explain everything to everyone and answer all the senators' questions", he said.
The reality is that Dr. Jackson wasn't vetted or adequately prepared for the VA post, and by all accounts wasn't seeking it when President Trump chose him. Jackson now oversees a staff of several dozen in the White House Medical Unit. The 50-year-old Navy rear admiral now heads a staff of 70 at the White House, the largest team he has ever managed.
The former president sent years of positive reports about Trump's White House doctor, who is giving no indication he will withdraw his nomination for the V.A.
Jackson himself, though, said there was no inspector general report about the allegations. John Tester sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, April 24, requesting additional documentation related to Jackson's tenure in the White House.
At the time of the report, Kuhlman was the physician to the president.
The six-page report was reviewed Tuesday by The Associated Press. The document described the working environment as akin to "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".
"It just doesn't ring true, compared to my experience and interactions with him", McKeon said of the allegations. He called Jackson one of the finest people he's ever met.
Senate leaders have delayed Jackson's confirmation hearing in order to make sure Jackson receives a full vetting.
Aides to committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., declined to comment. Jon Tester, the top Democrat, cite "serious allegations" recently made against Jackson. That management has come from experienced bureaucrats who have demonstrated - in theory, at least - that they have the skills and experience to handle a major agency. It seeks any communication between the Pentagon and the White House regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him.
Trump picked him almost a month ago to replace David Shulkin to lead Veterans Affairs.
The sources say the committee is in talks to delay Wednesday's confirmation hearing as they try to figure out the allegations. "This discussion came when we were notified by folks who work with Admiral Jackson, folks in the military".
Spokesman Hogan Gidley is praising Jackson, who is Trump's White House doctor and a Navy rear admiral, for serving as a physician to three USA presidents, both Republican and Democrat.
Click the video above to watch more of Alana's interview with Short. "Are they going to manage the secretary or is the secretary going to manage the VA?"
Sen. Jerry Moran, Kansas Republican, said he had met Adm.
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