White House Walks Back Trump's Suggestion That VA Nominee Step Aside

CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday

In private meetings with senators on Tuesday, Jackson reportedly denied all of the allegations and has vowed to stick it out - according to sources who spoke with CNN and Reuters - even after Trump offered him an out on Tuesday when he postulated that he wouldn't put himself through the ringer if he were Jackson. White House officials say Jackson has no intention of stepping aside.

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". Meanwhile, people who still work in the medical unit fear for their jobs now that they have spoken out, and Jackson's confirmation hangs loosely by a congressional thread.

The Trump administration is standing behind Jackson, who also faces questions about his qualifications to manage the federal government's second-largest department.

The Associated Press reported that a Watchdog's report said Jackson, a captain at the time, demonstrated "unprofessional behavior" when he was locked in a power struggle with a rival doctor, who was of the same rank. Two senior officials told the Post that Jackson's nomination had been handled "disastrously". Jeffrey Kuhlman with creating a poor working climate.

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"(M) ost feel that Capt. Jackson's failures were primarily due to the destructive rapport with Capt. Kuhlman and that he has not had the opportunity to lead the WHMU without hindrance or support", according to an excerpt of the inspector general report obtained by NBC News.

"Dr. Jackson deserves a fair hearing and we are not going to write him off in any way before his hearing, and quite frankly neither should members of Congress", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Rachel Martin on NPR's Morning Edition Wednesday. Two of them urged Navy brass to promote Jackson to a higher rank.

"Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated", Obama wrote in 2015. It demands any communication between the Pentagon and the White House for the last 12 years regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him. "Already at a level of performance and responsibility that exceeds his current rank, promote to Rear Admiral now".

"These are called controlled substances for a reason", Tester said on "Anderson Cooper 360". Dr. Jackson discussed the details of President TrumpÕs physical check-up from last week.

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs leaves a Senate office building after meeting individually with some members of the committee that would vet him for the post on Capitol Hil

The White House's hours-long allowance of Jackson to twist in the Washington wind showed again how Trump often surprises his aides, who have to scramble to craft a plan to what the boss just said or tweeted.

"Ronny's positive impact can not be overstated", wrote former president Barack Obama about 50-year-old Iraq War veteran who has worked at the White House since 2006.

"Well, I haven't heard of the particular allegations, but I will tell you he's one of the finest people that I have met, and I think speaking for Melania, also", Mr. Trump said.

But Trump added, "If I were him". "What does he need it for? It's totally his decision", Trump said during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. Several lawmakers expressed annoyance that they were left to do the work of properly vetting Trump's pick.

Jackson's nomination came following the removal of David Shulkin from heading the VA, but his confirmation is in jeopardy as Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee review allegations against him.

"In the previous administration we were told the stories, he was repeatedly drunk while on duty, where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world", Tester told National Public Radio.

"Our Republican colleagues bemoan the pace of the nominations", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

"Let's just look at Admiral Jackson", he told reporters shortly after Trump appears to shove his military doctor and nominee onto a plank.

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