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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to replace Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, now the physician to the president.
It marked the latest in a string of swift White House replacements in recent months. Trump also announced that Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, would serve as interim VA secretary, pending Jackson’s confirmation.
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Congrats to Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD. Thank you Dr. David Shulkin for your dedication and service to helping our veterans.
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) March 28, 2018
The president tweeted that he was “thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!”
Jackson has served as the physician to the president since 2013 and gained a national profile earlier this year for holding a sweeping press conference on Trump’s health.