Trump considering former House Veterans' Affairs chairman for VA secretary: report

Trump considering former House Veterans' Affairs chairman for VA secretary: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE is considering tapping former House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff MillerJefferson (Jeff) Bingham MillerMark Takano keeps using partisan tactics when legislating veterans issues Plight of whistleblowers at VA has gotten worse VA might not be able to end veteran homelessness, but we shouldn't stop trying MORE (R-Fla.) to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to the Washington Examiner.

A senior White House official told the outlet that Trump began thinking of Miller as a potential nominee after White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination for the position on Thursday. 

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"He may have somebody in mind, but I know that an official nominee is not imminent," the official told the Examiner. "It's not going to be this week, maybe not even next week."

Miller in 2014 helped pass a bipartisan $16 billion VA reform plan. 

He retired from his legislative post in 2016. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Trump said during an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that he was reviewing a candidate with "political capabilities."

The report comes hours after Jackson dropped out of the running due to allegations of prescribing large amounts of opioid painkillers to a White House military staffer and wrecking a government vehicle. 

"Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this president and the important issue we must be addressing — how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes," Jackson said.  

– This story was updated April 27 at 10:20 p.m. to correct the figure for the VA reform bill passed in 2014