Trump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress

Trump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE endorsed former White House physician and retired Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson (R) for an open House seat in Texas. 

Jackson is running in the state’s 13th congressional district, a Republican stronghold and seat that will be left vacant by Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryHouse panel delays consideration of annual defense policy bill Congressionally created commission recommends requiring that women register for draft Bottom line MORE (R ), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, who announced his retirement last year. 

Jackson entered the crowded primary late, turning in paperwork a day before the deadline to file. 


“I hope we can get Admiral @RonnyJackson4TX of Texas, who served our Country so well, into the runoff election in #TX13!” Trump tweeted. “Ronny is strong on Crime and Borders, GREAT for our Military and Vets, and will protect your #2A. Get out and vote for Ronny on Tuesday, March 3rd!”

Trump nominated Jackson last year to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, but he was withdrawn from consideration amid allegations of professional misconduct, including drinking on the job and overprescribing medication. Jackson also reportedly hid cauliflower in the president's mashed potatoes to improve his diet.

The Texas primary takes place on Super Tuesday.