VA doc nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration

White House on Drunk Car Wreck Claim: VA Pick Might Withdraw

The "Candy Man" withdrew his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs today after almost two dozen current and former members of the White House medical team accused Ronny Jackson of promoting a toxic work environment, distributing unprescribed sleeping pills and opioids, drinking on the job and smashing a government vehicle.

Shortly after Jackson dropped out, US President Donald Trump called into the Fox & Friends morning show to praise Jackson as an "incredible man" who "runs a fantastic operation".

While Mr. Trump later suggested on Tuesday that Jackson would be better off withdrawing his name from nomination, he said the decision was "totally his", and he "would stand behind him".

The allegations "must be reviewed and addressed by the Department of Defense" before the Senate Armed Services Committee can consider his promotion nomination, said Chip Uhruh, a spokesman for Sen.

Jackson insisted that the allegations against him were false, but said he was withdrawing anyway due to the distraction they were causing.

"He would have done a great job", Trump said of Jackson.

Jackson said he was pulling out early Thursday, after Senators released details of allegations against him. You saw what President Obama said.

Based mostly on conversations with 23 of Jackson's present and former colleagues on the White Home Medical Unit, the abstract mentioned Jackson exhibited a sample of recklessly prescribing medicine and drunken conduct, together with crashing a authorities automobile whereas intoxicated and doling out such a big provide of a prescription opioid that staffers panicked as a result of they thought the medicine have been lacking.

"I love them, and they love me", Trump said of Montana voters.

"We should find out if there's merit to these allegations, and, if there are, then ... the proper oversight should be done", Ryan said.

The allegations, which Jackson labeled as false, included odd prescription drug practices, a toxic work environment and drunkenness while on duty.

Rivers of ink and countless pixels were wasted on the White House's perfunctory vetting of Rear Admiral Jackson. Jackson did talk about being tired by the process and frustrated with the unverified allegations against him that are driving the narrative about him before his confirmation hearing.

"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 that's too ugly and too disgusting", Trump said. President Trump fired the previous V.A. chief, David Shulkin, who later said it was because of his opposition to Trump's plans to privatize the V.A.

Jackson, who serves as personal physician to the president, withdrew in the wake of concerns about ethics and temperament brought forth by more than 20 current and former colleagues. Jackson's nomination has inadvertently exposed the widespread use of sleep and alertness drugs among government officials from the White House and State Department to the Pentagon and Congress itself.

Trump says he has an idea for a replacement nominee, adding it will be "someone with political capability".

Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who is battling to save his nomination to be the secretary of veterans affairs, regularly handed out the sleep drug Ambien and the alertness drug Provigil to West Wing officials traveling on overseas flights. But he seemed chipper when he left the White House, telling reporters he looks "forward to talking to you guys over the next couple of days".

Jackson said the allegations are "completely false and fabricated" in a statement obtained by FierceHealthcare.

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