Trump Eyes Rick Perry To Replace Veterans Affairs Secretary

Trump Eyes Rick Perry To Replace Veterans Affairs Secretary

Trump Eyes Rick Perry To Replace Veterans Affairs Secretary

The veterans affairs post was among the slots Trump eyed for him before picking him for the Energy Department - one of three that Perry vowed to abolish during his 2012 presidential run, and the one whose name eluded him during an "oops" moment at a 2011 debate.

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it?

Trump and his senior aides are frustrated with Shulkin because they believe he has undermined the White House on several occasions and is unwilling to work with other members of his agency who were appointed by the Trump administration, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

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Shulkin has insisted that he still has the support of Trump, and the White House thus far has backed him in public.

The conservatives came to feel that Dr. Shulkin, who advocated a moderate rewrite of the current private care programs, was an obstacle to their goal. The report found "serious derelictions" related to the trip and concluded that the secretary spent much of it sightseeing and improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets. Russian Federation concedes "dozens" of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE to the White House last week and told him to stop creating drama in his agency, Axios reported Sunday. Trump said during a press conference early last week that he likes "conflict" and having "having two people with different points of view" go head-to-head in front of him, adding that it helps him make decisions.

However, a report from Axios says the President is growing frustrated with Shulkin to the point where he may fire him.

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But top White House officials have only become more irked with the secretary's penchant for publicly discussing internal politics, and Mr. Trump has begun searching for a replacement.

Perry was an Air Force pilot before becoming the longest serving governor of Texas.

U.S. President Donald Trump is interviewed by Fox and Friends co-host Pete Hegseth at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 6, 2017.

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