VA chief took in Wimbledon, river cruise on European work trip; wife’s expenses covered by taxpayers

Shulkin and his wife spent about half their time sightseeing on his 10-day visit for meetings with Danish and British officials.

 
Nearly three days into a trip to Europe this past July, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin had attended a Wimbledon championship tennis match, toured Westminster Abbey and taken a cruise on the Thames.
The 10-day trip was not entirely a vacation. Shulkin was in Europe for meetings with Danish and British officials about veterans’ health issues, so taxpayers picked up part of the tab.
Yet he and his wife spent about half their time sightseeing, including shopping and touring historic sites, according to an itinerary obtained by The Washington Post and confirmed by a U.S. official familiar with their activities.
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We have been asked to understand they have cuts that need to be made. They say they are good stewards of the public money that has been set aside “to care for those who have born the battle” even when they continually run out of CHOICE funds, which is a program we wouldn’t even have to worry about if it wasn’t for mismanagement on their part.
 
It wasn’t that many months ago that they were talking about reducing veterans receiving IU after they reach retirement age. We got that stopped but I am sure we haven’t heard the last of it.
 
After all, European vacations aren’t cheap.

 

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