David Shulkin was the first nonveteran to lead the Veterans Affairs Department and an Obama appointee — the lone holdover in the Trump White House. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption
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President Trump intends to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with the White House physician, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the president announced on Twitter on Wednesday.
“I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!” Trump wrote.
“I appreciate the work of Dr. David Shulkin and the many great things we did together at Veterans Affairs, including the VA Accountability Act that he was helpful in getting passed,” the president said in an additional statement released by the White House. “He has been a great supporter of veterans across the country and I am grateful for his service.”
….In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
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