The embattled head of Veterans Affairs has no intention of stepping down despite ethics violations and fallout with President Trump.
Speaking at a budget hearing, David Shulkin expressed regret for “distractions” that have shifted attention from his efforts to fix veterans’ health care and pledged to put the government’s second largest department back on track.
The Obama-era holdover has come under fire for his lavish taxpayer-funded travel and his leadership of the department.
A day earlier, Energy Secretary Rick Perry dismissed rumors that he was being considered as a replacement for Shulkin.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry dismissed rumors that he was being considered as a replacement for Shulkin. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Perry, after appearing on Capitol Hill, said he’s staying put at the Energy Department, an agency he once called to be abolished. “I am energy secretary from now until the foreseeable future. Happily,” he said.
Shulkin has faced growing calls for his resignation since a scathing internal report found ethics violations in connection with a trip to Europe with his wife last summer. The IG found that Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored emails to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense.
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