There’s been another shakeup in the White House Wednesday, as President Trump announced that he was firing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.
Trump ousts Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin; Robert Wilkie to serve as acting secretary https://t.co/A7NzSGdoah
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 28, 2018
Word is that Trump intends to name his personal physician, Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, to replace Shulkin as Department Secretary.
I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
Pres nominating his WH physician to be V.A. Secretary. It was Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, who reported Jan 16 on the results of Pres Trump's physical examination. pic.twitter.com/IxxzA3AnLg
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 28, 2018
Yes, this is the same physician who gave Trump a clean bill of health and said he was very sharp. Count MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough among those again taking cheap shots at Jackson.
Is this the same White House doctor that said Trump weighed 199 lbs, ran a 4.3 40, and was able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 28, 2018
— SFK (@stephenkruiser) March 28, 2018
This isn’t new; back when Trump had his physical in January, Scarborough mocked Jackson as a “political hack,” despite the fact he was appointed by Barack Obama.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 18, 2018
Note some of the other journalists who just can’t let go that the doctor gave Trump good marks on his physical in January.
Trump says “highly respected” White House doc Ronny Jackson to be next VA secretary. Among the things that earned him this respect: saying Trump “might live to be 200” if he exercised and dropped a few pounds. https://t.co/UG1c435qNO
— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) March 28, 2018
"Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome health of the president that the doctor sounded almost Trumpian," @Milbank https://t.co/bSwuWXfRav https://t.co/yNtKkWdQsC
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) March 28, 2018
Dr. Jackson is a good and honorable person, fine doctor and career military but you do get the sense that this has as much to do with his boffo press conference on the president’s physical as anything else. https://t.co/uEbm7dPz1d
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 28, 2018
Another Cabinet Secretary is fired on twitter as @POTUS names White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson who said Trump had “incredible genes” to replace David Shulkin at VA (Jackson was also Obama’s White House doc) https://t.co/b9wf9zcCcb
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 28, 2018
Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson has been the lead White House doctor since 2013. “There’s no indication whatsoever that [Pres. Trump] has any cognitive issues,” Jackson said in January. https://t.co/MbgSJn2k7W
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 28, 2018
Dr. Ronny Jackson nominated to be VA Secretary was same doctor who appeared in White House Press Briefing Room in 2018 and deemed President healthy and mentally "very sharp" pic.twitter.com/Ug9xtCkvRV
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 28, 2018
Flashback — Dr Ronny Jackson on Trump: "I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 28, 2018
Here’s Yahar Ali with some actually useful information:
Admiral Ronny Jackson has served as the White House Physician under Presidents Obama and Trump…and now he's been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Admiral Jackson is beloved by Obama White House veterans. pic.twitter.com/NI9KrAUZ5P
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) March 28, 2018
The VA is arguably the federal government’s most chronically mismanaged bureaucracy. Trump has tapped to helm it a uniformed physician who, though well credentialed in medicine, has no apparent management experience.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 28, 2018
One immediate point: it’s unclear how he is remotely qualified to run the second largest agency in the federal government. https://t.co/gOZ6yHSaHH
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 28, 2018
Skeptical NBC News reporter wonders if Trump would step on a scale in public to prove his weight https://t.co/JMtFJGDYAj
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 16, 2018