Trump ousts Shulkin as Veterans Affairs chief in latest shakeup

President Donald Trump said he will replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the presidential physician, in the latest shakeup of the administration.

Trump announced the change in a tweet.

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David Shulkin, MD

“I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” Trump said. “In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!”

Shulkin, 58, a doctor and former hospital administrator, took office in February 2017 following a unanimous vote by the Senate. He is a holdover from the Obama administration, where he served as undersecretary for health overseeing medical facilities run by the VA, which provides care for more than 9 million enrolled veterans.

Shulkin’s tenure was marred by a European trip with tennis at Wimbledon, reports of troubling conditions at medical facilities and friction over plans to shift care to the private sector.

Jackson, a naval officer, has been a White House physician since George W. Bush’s presidency. His nomination will require Senate approval.