Obama, top VA official to meet at White House

President Obama will meet with the acting head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, just days after two senior officials resigned amid efforts to address excessive wait times for veterans seeking medical care.

Rob Nabors, the presidential staffer dispatched to the VA to investigate allegations of mismanagement, will join Obama and acting Secretary Sloan Gibson in the Oval Office.

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On Wednesday, the department announced the resignations of Will A. Gunn, the current general counsel, and Dr. Robert Jesse, the acting under secretary for health. Their departure follows the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki late last month.

In a statement, the department said the moves were “aimed at accelerating Veterans’ access to quality health care and rebuilding the trust of America’s Veterans.”

Earlier in the week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said replacing Shinseki “continues to be a priority.”

“There is an ongoing process to bring new leadership to the VA to implement some of these reforms and try to move forward in a way that makes us all feel confident that we’re living up to the commitment that’s been made to our nation’s veterans,” Earnest said.