Katie Pavlich: Trump wants 'Fox & Friends Weekend' host Hegseth as next VA secretary

Katie Pavlich: Trump wants 'Fox & Friends Weekend' host Hegseth as next VA secretary
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Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE wants "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth as his next Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary.

"I've been told President Trump wants Pete Hegseth to replace [David] Shulkin at the VA after he is fired," Pavlich wrote in a tweet to her 508,000 followers.


"President Donald Trump is expected to fire VA Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Trump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report MORE and is strongly considering replacing him with U.S. Army Veteran Pete Hegseth," Pavlich, who's also a columnist for The Hill, wrote on TownHall, citing three identified sources.

She notes that Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: 2020 Democrats roll out climate plans ahead of CNN forum | Trump blasts CNN for 'ignoring' facts | Officials roll back Obama-era lightbulb rules | Dem contenders split over nuclear energy Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules In defense of Karamo Brown, and civility MORE (R) is also rumored to be on the short list to take over the VA from Shulkin, the lone Obama-era holdout in Trump's Cabinet. 

According to an Axios report earlier this week, Trump asked Hegseth, 37, to analyze new VA legislation while a surprised Shulkin listened in via speaker phone.

There was speculation before Trump took office that Hegseth, who also appears on other Fox News programs as a contributing analyst, was a top contender to lead the VA.

Prior to television, Hegseth served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was deployed three times overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan and served in Guantánamo Bay, earning two Bronze Stars.

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.