President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE went after Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight MORE (D-Mont.) again on Saturday during a rally in Michigan, slamming Tester for pushing allegations against Ronny Jackson, Trump’s former nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Tester started throwing out things that he’s heard. Well I know things about Tester that I could say too,” Trump threatened. “And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.”
Tester’s staff reportedly compiled claims made by more than 20 people familiar with Jackson’s leadership at the White House Medical Unit.
“What Jon Tester did to this man is a disgrace,” Trump said at the Michigan rally.
The report alleged Jackson “wrecked” a government vehicle after being intoxicated at a Secret Service going-away party.
Another claim said that during an overseas trip in 2015 he drunkenly banged on the hotel room door of a female employee so loudly that the Secret Service intervened to prevent him from waking former President Obama.
Trump brushed off the allegations during the Saturday rally as nothing more than “vicious rumors” meant to “destroy a man.”
The White House and Secret Service issued statements saying that they found no evidence the two alleged drunken incidents occurred.
Trump attacked Tester throughout the day, calling on him to resign in a set of morning tweets.
Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false. The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign. The.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
....great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being. Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
Trump lashed out again against Tester later in the afternoon, saying his statements were “very dishonest and sick!”
Secret Service has just informed me that Senator Jon Tester’s statements on Admiral Jackson are not true. There were no such findings. A horrible thing that we in D.C. must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. Tester should lose race in Montana. Very dishonest and sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
Trump and Tester sparred earlier this week when the president said the senator would pay a steep political price for his takedown of Jackson. Still, Tester maintains that his concerns about Jackson were "not political."
“It’s not political. I’m focused on making sure we have the best person possible to run the VA. It’s a very, very important agency,” Tester told reporters.
Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday amid the scandal but has denied the allegations against him.