Peter O’Rourke previously served as chief of staff for Veterans Affairs and as its executive director for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. | Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg via Getty Images
President Donald Trump has tapped longtime Veterans Affairs official Peter O’Rourke as the agency’s acting secretary, the White House announced Wednesday, a move that comes ahead of the confirmation hearing of VA secretary-designate Robert Wilkie.
O’Rourke, who previously served as chief of staff for the agency and as its executive director for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, took on the role effective Tuesday, the White House office of the press secretary announced in a statement.
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Trump surprised Wilkie, then serving as acting VA secretary, during a May 18 summit on prison reform at the White House by announcing he would formally nominate him for the role. Trump praised Wilkie for an “incredible job” steering the VA in recent months, a stretch plagued by controversy and reshuffling of its leadership.
Prior to Wilkie’s nomination, longtime White House physician Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration to lead the VA last month amid scandal over his workplace behavior.
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