On Tuesday, the White House scrambled to do damage control for Ronny Jackson. Trump had just nominated The Navy Rear Admiral and former White House physician to be the next Administrator of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jackson’s nomination is in jeopardy over numerous accusations of misbehavior.
“Dr. Jackson’s record as a White House physician is impeccable,” stated a senior official of the White House. “He has improved unit morale, received glowing reviews and promotions under Republican and Democrat Presidents, and has been given a clean vet from the FBI.”
These statements came after President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon met in the Oval Office with Jackson.
Another official of the White House defined it to be a “positive” meeting, which satisfied President Donald Trump’s concerns.
Just some hours before, the President seemed to give the Navy admiral cover to withdraw.
“What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country?” stated Trump at a news session to the reporters. “I really don’t think, personally, he should do it. But it’s totally his — I would stand behind him — totally his decision.”
The White House plans on sticking by Jackson’s side, for now at least, refereeing to his history as the doctor of the White House for both, President Donald Trump and for President Obama.
“Ronny does a great job — genuine enthusiasm, poised under pressure, incredible work ethic and follow through. Ronny continues to inspire confidence with the care he provides to me, my family and my team. Continue to promote ahead of peers,” wrote Obama in 2016.
Representatives also declined on the accusations that Jackson happened to overprescribe medications. Representatives said that Jackson remained “within the official guidelines” of the Defense Health Agency and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Jackson still has to deal with the struggles and difficulties in order to confirm his place in the Senate.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee placed the conformation on hold, in order to fully research the allegations. The White House has already faced down numerous skeptics, who claim that Jackson is not experienced enough to head the massive bureaucracy of the VA.
Chairman Johnny Isakson inquired the White House to assess the documents in order to evaluate the claims.
“I’m doing my job as chairman. I just want the truth to get out when it’s supposed to get out for the people that need to hear it, and that’s the committee,” said Isakson.
The board’s ranking member, Senator Jon Tester, also detailed accusations of drunkenness while on duty.
“They’re credible enough that we need to vet it,” said Tester in his meeting with NPR.