Washington, March 29: Dold Trump has announced that he will replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the US President, the media reported. On Wednesday, Trump thanked Shulkin via Twitter for his “service to our country and to our great veterans” and said Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defence for personnel and readiness, will serve as acting secretary until Jackson was confirmed, reports CNN.
A White House official said the embattled Shulkin was no longer effective in his role, saying his “distractions were getting in the way of carrying out the President’s agenda”.
Shulkin won unimous confirmation from the Sete last year and had enjoyed bipartisan support and the backing of the President, who touted his legislative victories at the Veterans Affairs department. But the situation grew tenuous in recent months with Shulkin telling reporters that Trump administration’s political appointees have been working to oust him over policy differences. Jackson, who is an active duty vy physician, was nomited last week for a military promotion by the President. (IANS)