Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Trump picks Obama nominee David Shulkin for VA Secretary
At The Hill by Rebecca Kheel --
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his selection of an Obama nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
David Shulkin was nominated by President Obama as under secretary of health for the VA in 2015.
“He’s fantastic,” Trump said of Shulkin. “He will do a truly great job.”
Trump made the announcement during his first press conference since his election, and his transition team released a formal announcement shortly afterward.
“One of the commitments I made is that we’re going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans,” Trump said Wednesday. “Our veterans have been treated horribly. They’ve been waiting in line for 15, 16, 17 days, cases where they go in an have a minor early stage form of cancer and they can’t see a doctor and by the time they get to the doctor they’re terminal.
“Not going to happen. It’s not going to happen.”