If I were embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson, I'd withdraw

Allegations threaten Ronny Jackson nomination

Allegations threaten Ronny Jackson nomination

But other officials fear Jackson's nomination is doomed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

Ronny Jackson may have declared Donald Trump to be in fantastic health, but his own nomination is seriously ailing. "And that's a disservice to the nominee, as well as the American people".

Reporters caught up with Jackson on Capitol Hill Tuesday on his way to Moran's office.

Obama wrote in one report, "Promote to Rear Admiral now".

Before his nomination, Dr. Jackson had garnered little public attention and his policy views were unknown. They also said Jackson was never intoxicated or drinking while working in the White House near Trump.

Officials are aware in detail of the allegations lobbed against Jackson. Jon Tester, the ranking Montana Democrat.

Kuhlman was the physician to President Barack Obama at the time, and he had previously held the role occupied by Jackson: director of the White House Medical Unit. Jackson is also accused of creating a "toxic work environment". "They're whistleblowers and they're not substantiated, but there's enough of them coming from credible people that you can't help but being concerned", he said. The president's picks for Labor secretary, Army secretary, Navy secretary, deputy Treasury secretary, deputy Commerce secretary and many other positions have withdrawn after they were announced.

In a private meeting with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate committee.

The White House Medical Unit in 2012 - led by current Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson - was described by one staffer as the "worst command ever".

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said that while lawmakers want to be "deferential as much as we can" to the president's preferences for his Cabinet, "it would be nice to know some of the issues that come up after the fact before the fact".

"On this critical leadership position at this turbulent time, [America] cannot afford a misfire by the White House", said Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Jackson was named physician to the president in 2013, after Kuhlman left the unit. The report suggested the White House consider replacing Jackson or Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman - or both.

A watchdog report reviewed Tuesday by The Associated Press appeared to corroborate some of those allegations.

Trump is criticizing members of Congress who questioned Jackson's lack of experience.

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 White House press room podium in January, when he offered a glowing report on the president's physical and mental well-being.

"I just think the White House does not vet their nominees, so it leaves us as members having to look at their personal and leadership and other qualities", said Sen.

With Congress set to recess Friday for a week, Tester said the soonest a hearing could be held would be in about 10 days.

The two lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday requesting additional information about Jackson, who has served as a White House physician since 2006. It seeks any communication between the Pentagon and the White House regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him.

Trump selected Jackson to head the VA last month after firing former Obama administration official David Shulkin following an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the agency. His confirmation hearing has been "suspended indefinitely" upon further investigation.

Spokeswoman Amanda Maddox cites questions from lawmakers over allegations made about Jackson's past behavior.

Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, detailed the allegations Tuesday in an interview with NPR's All Things Considered. He has been the White House physician for the past three presidents, and served as an emergency doctor in Iraq. They should allow this hearing to happen so that Dr. Jackson can speak up.

Andy Puzder, Trump's initial choice to lead the Labor Department, stepped aside before his confirmation hearings, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.

"There's a need for very exacting and close scrutiny and vetting", said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

"If you don't do the vetting effectively at the front end, you pay the consequences on the back end", Stier said.

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