(From The Guardian)
Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Wednesday that he was nominating the White House physician Ronny Jackson to be secretary of veterans affairs.
Jackson will replace David Shulkin who has long faced criticism after controversy over his taxpayer-funded travel on a trip to Europe, during which he accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis championships. According to a report from the VA inspector general, Shulkin allegedly had an email altered to justify the government paying $43,000 on his wife’s travel to Denmark as well as to the United Kingdom.
Although Shulkin had been praised by veterans groups for his leadership, a number of prominent conservatives within his agency felt that he was not taking sufficient steps towards privatizing the Veterans Health Administration, which provides healthcare to more than nine million veterans.