President Donald Trump is considering Palm City Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, a position still vacant after White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his controversial nomination for the post last month.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Mast said, “It is an honor to be considered to serve my fellow veterans and their families at the highest possible level.”
Mast is among the list of candidates for the job heading an agency of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans.
White House officials have met with former Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican who once led the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, according to the Associated Press.
Ironically, President Donald Trump asked Mast’s opinion of possible candidates during a dinner in December at the Mar-a-Lago Club. Mast put in a good word for Miller.
“He’s obviously seen all the issues that have come through in terms of constituents,” Mast said of Miller. “I don’t think there’s somebody else that’s on the shortlist … that has more experience with seeing the complaints first-hand. I would be very hopeful for