Trump considering Navy Adm. Michelle Howard to run VA: report

Trump considering Navy Adm. Michelle Howard to run VA: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE is considering Navy Adm. Michelle Howard to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported Thursday.

Howard, who serves as the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, was the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship.

Earlier this week, a group of 20 veterans organizations sent a letter to Trump asking him to "strongly consider" keeping Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.

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"While you continue your deliberations over who you will select to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, we ask you to strongly consider the proven track record of the current VA Secretary, Bob McDonald, who is leading the largest transformation in the department’s history," the groups said in the letter. 

The groups said in the letter that McDonald led an agency-wide transformation of the VA, which is showing "early signs of success."

The VA faced criticism in 2014 after news outlets uncovered the systemic doctoring of records to hide long wait times for veterans' appointments.

The scandal led to the resignation of then-VA secretary Eric ShinsekiEric Ken ShinsekiSenate confirms Trump's VA pick despite opposition from some Dems Trump VA pick boosts hopes for reform Trump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job MORE.

McDonald was brought in to make changes in the wake of the scandal.

--This report was updated at 11:56 a.m.