Trump loyalists purge VA of longtime staffers who don’t support agenda: report

Trump loyalists purge VA of longtime staffers who don’t support agenda: report
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Officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs have moved to root out staffers who are believed to be disloyal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE and his agenda, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The news outlet reported that more than a dozen people have been reassigned from leadership positions ahead of Robert Wilkie's likely installment as head of the agency. Some of those recently reassigned employees had been with the department for decades, while others were Trump appointees.

A VA spokesman told the Post that Wilkie has not played a role in the changes.


The Post reported that acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke has largely led the charge in getting rid of staffers who are not considered loyal. A group of Democrats wrote a letter to O'Rourke after the Post published its story, calling his actions "reckless."

Wilkie is awaiting confirmation to head the agency, which has not had a permanent leader since David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVA inspector general says former top official steered M contract to friend Schumer demands answers in use of unproven coronavirus drug on veterans Former Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier MORE was pushed out of the role in March.

Shulkin's tenure was marred by an inspector general report that found he improperly used taxpayer dollars during a trip to Europe.

In addition, Shulkin reportedly sought to root out agency staffers who opposed his policies and defy his leadership.