UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The White House physician has withdrawn his name from consideration as leader of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson announced his withdrawal Thursday, April 26. He had been nominated as VA secretary by President Donald Trump.
Jackson’s decision comes amid allegations of improper conduct.
A two-page document written by Democratic staff on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee was released Wednesday, outlining accusations made by nearly two dozen of Jackson’s former and current colleagues.
They claimed the Iraq War veteran mistreated coworkers, loosely gave out drug prescriptions and drank on the job.
The allegations are under investigation.
Jackson said Thursday, “I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.”
Jackson — who remains working at the White House — said the matter had become a distraction for the president.