David Greene talks to Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) about reports embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin could be fired this week.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
The next personnel shake-up from President Trump may be another cabinet secretary. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is thought to be on the way out, at least according to Trump’s friend and confidant Christopher Ruddy as well as a report in The Associated Press. Now, Shulkin began his work at Veterans Affairs under President Obama. He’s actually the only cabinet-level holdover from that administration. His tenure has been marked by some intense debates over the future of the VA. He’s also faced questions about using government money to bring his wife on a trip to Europe. Let’s talk about this with Phillip Carter. He is an Army veteran. He was an official in President Obama’s Pentagon, and he now directs the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.
PHILLIP CARTER: Good morning.
GREENE: So should Secretary Shulkin keep his job?
CARTER: I think so. I think he’s probably putting more points on the scoreboard for President Trump than taking