White House physician's VA nomination on hold

Trump's Doctor And VA Pick Ronny Jackson Accused Of Drinking On Job

Trump on VA Pick Jackson: He Has My Support, but I Wouldn't Do It 'If I Were Him'

Jackson faces allegations of creating a hostile work environment as White House physician, overprescribing medications and drinking on the job, according to multiple media reports.

That report by the Navy's Medical Inspector General found a lack of trust in the leadership and low morale among staff members, who described the working environment as "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce".

Leading the investigation into these allegations?

"(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.

The bipartisan chairs of the Veterans Affairs Committee say they just learned of these allegations a week ago, and postponed Wednesday's hearing to investigate.

It is anticipated that there will be some bipartisan work to determine if and when they will move forward with the hearing. The group also criticized Trump's pick to lead the agency during Jackson's confirmation process. "I don't want to put a man through - who's not a political person - I don't want to put a man through a process like this".

"What does he need it for?"

"What do you need it for?" "It's totally his decision", Trump said during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump did call Jackson "a great doctor" and "one of the finest people that I have met".

They should allow this hearing to happen so that Dr. Jackson can speak up.

Ronny Jackson is denying allegations he was involved in a drunken auto wreck.

"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.

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The end of that story is, to the dismay of his coworkers, Jackson stayed, and was later promoted to Admiral under the Obama Administration.

Trump echoed that sentiment previous year, writing "Dr. Jackson is a great doctor + leader - 2 star material", in bold sharpie.

"Dr. Jackson's record as a White House physician is impeccable", a senior White House official said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the American people were the losers in a shaky nomination effort.

White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp appeared on Fox News on Tuesday evening to amplify Jackson and cast doubt on the accusations. They discussed a variety of subjects - "some were the allegations" - as well as Jackson's credentials for the job.

Mr Jackson has not directly responded to the allegations.

"It's a hard job because you need to assume there's some innocence here from the get-go, but the bottom line is once we find enough people telling us the same thing then there becomes some "there" there".

"The president gave us the full green light to push back hard", the official said.

The Jackson nomination is symptomatic of the ongoing poor vetting and hiring practices in the White House.

The White House physician didn't have a resume that indicated he'd be qualified for the job, and as it's becoming clear there was little in the way of background vetting performed on the nominee.

The 2012 assessment reviewed by the AP suggested the White House consider replacing Jackson or Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman - or both.

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