White House aides privately worried about Trump VA pick’s lack of experience: report

White House aides privately worried about Trump VA pick’s lack of experience: report
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Several White House aides have expressed concerns about President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE’s new pick regarding the lack of experience by his new pick for Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary, The New York Times reported Wednesday night.

A number of aides have privately acknowledged that Adm. Ronny Jackson’s lack of managerial experience could be an issue. They added that Jackson’s relationship with the president proved more important than his prior experience, the Times reported.

Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday evening that he intends to nominate Jackson, the White House physician, to replace David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinBiden's nominee for VA secretary isn't a veteran — does it matter? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans MORE as VA secretary.


Jackson has served as the presidential physician since 2013, when former President Obama was in office. His experience in the White House goes back to former President George W. Bush's administration and he was also in charge of resuscitative medicine for a trauma-response unit during the Iraq War.

The doctor gained national attention in January when he gave an hourlong press conference praising Trump’s mental and physical health and crediting his "good genes."

Trump said Jackson, who has no experience running a large organization, "is highly trained and qualified" and as a service member himself "has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make."

Trump also thanked the "highly respected" Shulkin, who had come under fire in recent weeks amid a critical inspector general report about his trip to Europe over the summer. Shulkin was unanimously confirmed to Trump's Cabinet, and had previously served as under secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration.

Shulkin blasted a "brutal power struggle" at the VA after his ouster.