President Trump called for Montana Sen. Jon Tester's resignation Saturday after the White House's report disputing his allegations against his pick for the next secretary of Veteran Affairs, Ronny Jackson. "Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false," Trump said over two tweets. "The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false. The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family.
WASHINGTON – Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral who abandoned his nomination to be secretary of Veterans Affairs amid numerous allegations, will not return to the job of President Donald Trump's personal physician but will remain on the White House medical staff, Politico reported Sunday. The newspaper reported that administration officials said Jackson has returned to a job with the White House medical unit. Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy veteran, who has taken the role of Trump's personal physician after Jackson was nominated by Trump, will remain in that role. Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday after Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., released allegations that Jackson drank on the job, overprescribed medication and presided over a toxic work environment. Jackson has denied those allegations.
WASHINGTON – White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity." Shortly after Jackson dropped out, President Donald Trump called into the Fox & Friends morning show to praise Jackson as an "incredible man" who "runs a fantastic operation." Trump said Jackson had a "beautiful record" and that there was no proof of the allegations. Added Trump, "I think Jon Tester has a big price to pay."
President Donald Trump began his Saturday on the offensive, taking aim at Senator Jon Tester for his claims that helped derail the nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs. The president's tweets clearly suggest he is ready to campaign against Tester in this year's congressional elections, which could help sink the Montana Democrat in the state that Trump won by a wide margin. Jackson withdrew his nomination for the job following claims by Tester, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The Democratic senator made several accusations against Jackson, claiming, among other things, that he was freewheeling in prescribing drugs, created a hostile work environment, and crashed a government car after a Secret Service party. Jackson denied the allegations and the White House pushed back against the claims.
The White House on Tuesday defended Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, after troubling allegations surfaced surrounding Jackson's workplace conduct. "Admiral Jackson has been on the front lines of deadly combat and saved the lives of many others in serve to this country," a statement from White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley read. "He's served as the physician to three Presidents--Republican and Democrat--and has been praised by them all." The expression of support came shortly after a Senate committee announced that it was indefinitely postponing Jackson's confirmation hearings--which were originally scheduled to start Wednesday--as lawmakers became aware of the accusations. The exact nature of the allegations have not been confirmed, but CBS News reported late Monday that they included claims of "excessive" drinking on the job, "improperly dispensing meds," and that he had created a "hostile work environment."