Trump Nominates Current White House Physician, Navy Admiral as Next Veterans Affairs Secretary

March 28, 2018 6:37 PM - Updated: March 29, 2018 5:53 AM
Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson. US Navy Photo

President Trump has nominated an active duty Navy admiral and the current White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the president announced in a Tweet on Wednesday.

Jackson would replace outgoing VA secretary David Shulkin who has been embroiled in a controversy over improperly accepting tickets and using staff to arrange travel in Europe.

A VA inspector general investigation sparked interest groups to call for his removal from the post, according to a report in Politico.

Robert Wilkie, undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as VA secretary in the interim.

Jackson is a 1992 Texas A&M graduate and has served in the Navy since 1995. He’s served with Navy dive and submarine units as well as an emergency medicine doctor in Iraq. In 2006 he was tapped to serve as a White House physician.

“Since arriving at the White House, he has directed the Executive Health Care for the President’s Cabinet and Senior Staff, served as physician supervisor for the Camp David Presidential Retreat, held the position of physician to the White House and led the White House Medical Unit as its director. He has served as White House physician during the past three administrations and was the appointed physician to the president for President Barack Obama. He currently serves as the appointed physician to the president for President Donald J. Trump,” according to his Navy biography.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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