White House pushes back on reports of Jackson's ouster as Trump's physician

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The physician for Vice President Mike Pence wrote three memos last fall warning the White House about Ronny Jackson's behavior.

"Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson is now on active duty, assigned to the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President", said White House spokesperson Raj Shah.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Monday denied the reports, saying instead that Jackson has been assigned to serve as Deputy Assistant to the President.

POLITICO reported on Sunday that Jackson would no longer serve as the president's personal physician. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) shared Pena's allegations with the media, including charges that Jackson created a hostile work environment, drank on the job, and improperly handed out prescription drugs, including the sleep aid Ambien for overseas trips.

Accusations were compiled by 23 current and former colleagues of Jackson's.

Jackson had asked for reports on Mrs. Pence's condition from physicians who initially treated her at Camp David.

Trump blames Tester for scuttling the confirmation of his choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson.

But last week, the office of Montana Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, to resign and threatened to retaliate against him for what he said were smears against Jackson.

At a rally in MI on Saturday night, Trump continued the attack against Tester, suggesting that the Senator was "throwing out things that he's heard".

One of the memos apparently contains a description of an encounter wherein Jackson "told the doctor to "let the issue go" and to 'let things go ... if I am to succeed in my career'". "And if I said them, he'd never be elected again".

White House staffers were reportedly caught off guard when Trump tweeted that he wanted his personal physician to lead the VA, but if true this would mark the second time when the White House defended a staffer against misconduct allegations top officials heard about months earlier.

Meanwhile, The US Secret Service says it has no record of the door-banging incident which took place under the Obama administration.

Tester is expected to face a tough re-election bid in November.

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