Trump Nominates Acting VA Secretary Wilkie to Lead Department

(From AP News)

In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said Friday he’ll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.

Trump spilled the news about Wilkie at a White House event on prison reform as he introduced Cabinet members in attendance. When Trump got to Wilkie, he said, “I’ll be informing him in a little while — he doesn’t know this yet — that we’re going to be putting his name up for nomination to be secretary.”

Trump added, “I’m sorry that I ruined the surprise.”

The president had already appeared impressed with Wilkie, saying publicly last month that he’s been doing a “great job” at VA. On Friday, Trump upped his assessment of Wilkie’s job performance to “incredible job.”

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