President Obama found “extremely troubling” a new report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general, the White House said Wednesday.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughLive coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Ex-Obama chief of staff: Obama's Russia response was 'watered down' Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy MORE briefed Obama on the interim report, which found systemic problems at VA facilities where veterans were made to wait for treatment.

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"As the President said last week, the VA must not wait for current investigations of VA operations to conclude before taking steps to improve care," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

"It should take immediate steps to reach out to veterans who are currently waiting to schedule appointments and make sure that they are getting better access to care now," he added.

According to the report, a Phoenix-area VA clinic claimed veterans waited just 24 days for care, when in fact they were kept from booking a primary care appointment an average of 115 days. Some 1,700 veterans were put on an unofficial wait list by managers at the facility.

In a statement, VA Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric Ken ShinsekiTrump VA pick boosts hopes for reform Trump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Is Ronny Jackson qualified to be the next VA secretary? Let's look at his predecessors MORE said he was directing the department to triage care for the veterans waiting for appointments.

"The president agrees with that action and reaffirms that the VA needs to do more to improve veterans’ access to care," Carney said. "Our nation’s veterans have served our country with honor and courage and they deserve to know they will have the care and support they deserve.”

The White House statement did not mention the status of Shinseki, though, who has faced a growing number of high-profile calls from lawmakers to resign in the wake of the VA report.

Last weekend, Obama offered support for the embattled department head, but warned that he was waiting to examine the findings of the inspector general report, as well as an internal review led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors.

On Wednesday, Sens. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Democratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (Colo.) and John Walsh (Mont.) became the first Senate Democrats to call for Shinseki's resignation.

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee MORE (R-Ariz.) — all of whom had previously held back from calling for Shinseki to step down — also called for the former four-star general to leave his post.