Trump promised to back up embattled Ronny Jackson in Oval Office meeting
27 April, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Donnie King
He's a great doctor.But I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, I said, 'What do you need this for?' This is a vicious group of people that malign - and they do.
Jackson, a Navy admiral who has served as personal physician to both Trump and former President Obama, was already facing tough questions about whether he had the managerial experience to lead the VA.
Jackson did not deny the allegations and said that he was "looking forward to the hearing so we can sit down and I can explain everything to everyone". The New York Times and News, citing unnamed officials briefed on the allegations, reported that allegations include allowing a hostile work environment as the chief White House doctor, overprescribing drugs and drinking on the job. It demands any communication between the Pentagon and the White House for the last 12 years regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him.
Tester described reports to the Veterans" Affairs Committee that alleged that on overseas trips, Jackson would "go down the aisle way of the airplane and say, "All right, who wants to go to sleep?' And hand out the prescription drugs like they were candy. and put them to sleep and then give them the drugs to wake them back up again". But he questioned why Jackson would want to put up with the scrutiny, which he characterized as unfair. But he said because of the administration's "quick, sloppy vetting process", the Senate job of vetting nominees "is more important than ever before". The White House and Secret Service were asked to comment on these reports but declined, according toCNN'.
The rivalry between Jackson and Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman prompted a "command climate assessment" of the medical unit that year, which found low morale.
"These are called controlled substances for a reason", the Montana Democrat said, adding that his committee needs more time to investigate the numerous allegations.
Tester's staff told CNN that Jackson would hand out Ambien and Provigil.
"He is the primary attendant of the president, the most powerful man in the world", Mr. Tester said in an interview late Tuesday. But I said, 'What do you need it for?' He's an admiral. Prior to Jackson's nomination, Trump had told aides and outside advisers that he was fond of Jackson personally and was said to be particularly impressed with Jackson's performance at the podium in January when he offered a glowing report on the president's physical and mental well-being. Tester said they were told some White House staffers called Jackson the "candy man" because he "handed out prescriptive drugs like they were candy". They hope to persuade McConnell to encourage Isakson to schedule a hearing for Jackson. "I never heard any complaints".
"He's not done." Some in the White House believed Jackson was chosen too quickly, and not enough was initially invested in his nomination.
But Democrats and Republicans feared Jackson lacks the management experience to lead such a sprawling agency.
But Trump added, "If I were him".
Trump picked Jackson, 50, to replace sacked veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin, who was accused of lavish spending on a nine-day trip to Europe that included sightseeing at castles and taking in Wimbledon tennis matches. Two senior officials told the Post that Jackson's nomination had been handled "disastrously".
The White House said an audit by outside experts has shown Jackson "worked within the official guidelines" in his work and confirmed his prescriptions were "completely appropriate". Several lawmakers expressed annoyance that they were left to do the work of properly vetting Trump's pick.
The president spoke hours after Senator Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said he and the panel's ranking Democrat, Jon Tester, made a decision to delay a hearing on Jackson's nomination that had been scheduled for Wednesday and sent a letter to Trump seeking more information.
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