Ronny Jackson Will Not Return As Trump's Personal Physician

Emmett Rice
May 2, 2018

In response to the misconduct allegations that led White House physician Ronny Jackson to withdraw his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House has insisted that he was adequately vetted and there's no evidence to back up the claims. However, Trump's impulsive nomination of an unqualified sycophant (Jackson declared after Trump's physical that the president could live to be 200 with the right diet!), his cringe-worthy inability to quickly pull the nomination and his groundless smear of a senator who did his job - thereby protecting the president from a physician whose conduct is under serious scrutiny and protecting USA veterans who deserve a competent and ethical VA chief - serve as flawless examples of why Trump is grossly unfit to serve.

Admiral Ronny Jackson has served as the White House doctor since 2006, working as the personal physician for presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. According to the officials, Pena, who is still active military and assigned to the White House Military Office, did not follow proper protocol to report on the allegations.

A White House official told CNN last week that Jackson had returned to the White House Medical Unit, but not as the President's physician.

According to four administration officials, the unsubstantiated rumors and accusations targeting Jackson were brought to the attention of Democrats on the Committee on Veterans' Affairs by Vice President Mike Pence's Army physician Dr. Jennifer Pena. Sen.

His threat follows a Saturday tweet from the president in which Trump suggested Tester should resign following the "phony" charges he made against Jackson. The swift unraveling of his nomination came amid a litany of allegations from almost two dozen current and former colleagues against a man whose selection late last month came as a surprise even to him, CNN has reported. As with the claims against White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a source said Kelly and other top staffers were provided with the memos about Jackson in the fall.

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"I know things about Tester that I could say, too", Trump said. "I can't imagine that Montanans are going to look at Trump and look at his characterizations of Tester and think that they're anywhere near accurate", Parker said.

Lawyers involved in the vetting process say Trump, or the White House, often announces picks before they are fully vetted - and they describe an irregular process that sometimes is not followed if a candidate has high-level approval. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, the committee's Republican chairman.

The move comes after Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, withdrew his nomination for secretary of veterans affairs following a string of allegations that included he loosely handled prescription pain medications, was intoxicated during an overseas trip, and created a toxic work environment.

Tester is facing a possible tough fight for re-election in November in a state that Trump won in 2016 by 20 points, but Parker said this spat likely won't do any harm.

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