Trump calls on Senator to resign over opposing VA nominee

Lucy Bush
April 30, 2018

Trump on Saturday continued his apparent use of the matter to try to fire up the Republican base in Montana, writing in a second tweet that the "great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being".

Senator Tester's motivation for leading the crusade against Admiral Jackson is not hard to divine: he is up for reelection in a state that Trump carried by twenty points, Jackson is already a weak nominee (more on that in a minute), and a public fight for better leadership at the VA plays well in a red state.

Track record, love of the work, and references? Both President Barack Obama and Trump gave him glowing performance reviews, according to portions of the reviews released by the White House.

It holds particularly bad memories for Trump, who was roasted by former President Barack Obama at the 2011 dinner for leading the so-called "birther" movement, which claimed he was not a genuine United States citizen. "In my role as a doctor, I have tirelessly worked to provide excellent care for all my patients".

The Veterans Affairs Department has always been under fire for the quality of healthcare it provides veterans.

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In 2016, Trump didn't say he'd pick people just because he likes them - but that seems to be the big motivator here.

"While I will always be grateful to President Trump for the confidence placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I regretfully withdraw my appointment as Secretary of Veterans Affairs", said Ronny Jackson in a statement.

While Trump and Merkel have not enjoyed the close relationship the president has developed with other leaders, like French President Emmanuel Macron, in this visit they made a show of congeniality, with Trump speaking of his desire for a "reciprocal relationship" and calling Merkel an "extraordinary woman". "Well, I know things about Tester that I could say, too", Trump said at the rally, The Daily Beast reported. In fact, multiple senators noted that this accusation by itself would have been unlikely to derail Jackson's nominations - partly because because many senators rely on those prescriptions themselves during foreign trips.

Four Republicans are vying for the chance to replace him in the GOP primary and all four are holding tightly to Trump's political coattails. "So nobody has experience".

He withdrew from consideration earlier this week in the wake of a series of claims about his conduct on the job.

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Trump criticized Democratic Sen. News reports cited unprofessional behavior between the two officers and low morale - overall morale was rated as 2 on a scale of 1-10.

He has denied the claims, as has the White House and Secret Service. "He is a tremendous asset to the entire White House team".

He said he had withdrawn his nomination to avoid becoming a "distraction" for Trump. "A courageous man. He would have been a great leader".

Failure to vet Cabinet nominees should be most troubling to Trump's strongest supporters. He has to be more careful. "We need the wall", the president said.

Hours after Jackson's announcement, the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

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