Katie Pavlich: Trump wants 'Fox & Friends Weekend' host Hegseth as next VA secretary

Katie Pavlich: Trump wants 'Fox & Friends Weekend' host Hegseth as next VA secretary
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Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE wants "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth as his next Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary.

"I've been told President Trump wants Pete Hegseth to replace [David] Shulkin at the VA after he is fired," Pavlich wrote in a tweet to her 508,000 followers.

"President Donald Trump is expected to fire VA Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon Shulkin Shulkin’s future at the VA remains tenuous Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and is strongly considering replacing him with U.S. Army Veteran Pete Hegseth," Pavlich, who's also a columnist for The Hill, wrote on TownHall, citing three identified sources.

She notes that Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Defense: US 'deeply concerned' after Turkey takes Syrian city | Trump, Saudi crown prince to talk Russia | Saudi energy deal sparks concern Overnight Energy: Dem says EPA isn't cooperating on 'privacy booth' probe | Tribe, Zinke split over border wall | Greens tout support for renewables in swing states Overnight Regulation: Facebook faces new crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Whistleblower gets record SEC payout | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian | Trump bans trading in Venezuelan cryptocurrency MORE (R) is also rumored to be on the short list to take over the VA from Shulkin, the lone Obama-era holdout in Trump's Cabinet. 

According to an Axios report earlier this week, Trump asked Hegseth, 37, to analyze new VA legislation while a surprised Shulkin listened in via speaker phone.

There was speculation before Trump took office that Hegseth, who also appears on other Fox News programs as a contributing analyst, was a top contender to lead the VA.

Prior to television, Hegseth served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was deployed three times overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and served in Guantánamo Bay, earning two Bronze Stars.

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.