VA chief under investigation for allegedly having staffer run errand with him at Home Depot: report

VA chief under investigation for allegedly having staffer run errand with him at Home Depot: report
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Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinWhite House aides planned to announce McMaster with other departures: report Bannon: If Kelly leaves White House, Trump won't replace him Kimmel: Trump goes through Cabinet members like cheeseburgers, hair spray MORE is under investigation for allegedly having a member of his security team shop with him at Home Depot and then carry furniture into Shulkin’s home, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The incident is reportedly included in an ongoing audit into whether the agency head used security staffers for personal errands. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE is reportedly considering firing Shulkin and replacing him with Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Defense: Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton | .3T omnibus awaits Senate vote | Bill gives Pentagon flexibility on spending | State approves B arms sale to Saudis Overnight Energy: Winners, losers in omnibus bill | EPA funding stands at .1b | Lawmakers get wildfire funding fix Perry cites competition from Russia, China to defend nuclear talks with Saudis MORE, as Shulkin faces ongoing political infighting within the VA.


Shulkin has claimed that political appointees in the department are undermining him. The Washington Post reported last week that the VA head now has an armed guard at his door and has canceled all meetings with the Trump appointees.

Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has warned Shulkin to stop creating drama in the VA and to get his act together, Axios reported Sunday. He also reportedly promised to help Shulkin with his staffing issues.

However, Kelly was blindsided when Shulkin told the media that the White House official supported the removal of VA staffers that didn’t back Shulkin, according to Axios.

The VA secretary also came under scrutiny after the department’s inspector general found he had improperly used government resources on a trip to Europe with his wife last year, including having the VA foot the bill for his wife's airfare and accepting a pair of Wimbledon tickets.