16:12US Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Jackson Withdraws From Consideration

16:12US Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Jackson Withdraws From Consideration

16:12US Veterans Affairs Secretary Nominee Jackson Withdraws From Consideration

Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Veterans Administration, Dr. Ronnie Jackson, has withdrawn and will return to the White House to continue as Trump's personal physician.

Trump's "prior nominees for labor secretary, Army secretary, and Navy secretary all withdrew previous year after questions arose during their vetting process", the Washington Post observed. "That should be pretty easy to prove".

Jackson insisted that the allegations against him were false, but said he was withdrawing anyway due to the distraction they were causing.

Jackson was reportedly given the nickname "Candyman", for the way he handed out drugs, according to a summary report compiled by Democratic staff on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee released Wednesday. Jon Tester, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, told the AP.

The letter requested information about rumored Pentagon inspector general reports said to detail allegations into Jackson's conduct. They said it turned out he'd given a large supply of the opioid to a White House Military Office staffer. Colleagues reported that controlled substances were often not properly accounted for.

Mr Tester, speaking on MSNBC, acknowledged that not all the allegations had been verified.

"I even told him a day or two ago I saw where this was going", Trump said.

"For us to hound somebody out just because somebody can make an accusation strikes me as unfair", said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber.

As of now, these are all allegations and not confirmed, and Jackson denies them. Complaints have also been raised that Jackson drank on duty and fostered a hostile work environment.

Tester was the face of the Jackson opposition.

"Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated", Obama wrote in 2015. The controversy over his nomination is the latest in a long series of chaotic personnel issues for Trump's White House. "And [Jackson] has a ideal record", the president said in a phone interview with "Fox & Friends".

White House officials, members of both political parties and veterans advocates all questioned the President's decision, which was announced via Twitter on March 28. In a follow-up 2013 assessment, it found markedly improved morale under Jackson's command.

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"What do you need it for?"

"Whether or not there's merit to these allegations, we should find if there's merit to these allegations, and if there are, then the proper oversight should be done", Ryan, a Republican, told reporters. "I want to thank the servicemembers who bravely spoke out over the past week. It's too ugly and disgusting". He was chosen as the White House physician in 2006 while deployed in Iraq.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said Wednesday that Jackson went through thorough FBI vetting and three prior investigations, none of which turned up any areas of concern.

Although they do not get to vote on Jackson's nomination, lawmakers in the House are weighing in as well. "Dr. Ronny Jackson was not qualified to run the VA".

"The fact is I wouldn't do it", Trump said. "Some stability would be nice".

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Jackson planned to retire from the Navy to take VA job.

"I know there's an experience problem because of lack of experience", Trump admitted Tuesday.

Lawmakers found the nomination a surprising move, going from a role of doctor for one to a bureaucrat overseeing 360,000 staffers to take care of around 9 million US veterans. Numerous large veterans service organizations are wary of what they see as a push toward privatization.

But Short also suggested Democratic Sen. "What does he need it for?"

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