I’m sorry to report that White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick for the new head of the VA, has “regretfully” withdrawn from consideration due to what he calls “completely false and fabricated accusations” that have become a distraction. Among them were claims by Democrats that Dr. Jackson was nicknamed “Candyman” because he gave staffers he traveled with the sleep aid Ambien to help with jet lag without filling out the prescription paperwork and that he crashed a government car after getting drunk at a party (Johnson says he has “no idea” where that claim came from.) The White House slammed Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee, for publicly airing allegations that hadn’t been fully investigated.
Jackson has been the official White House physician for three Presidents over 12 years, and somehow in all that time, after being repeatedly vetted and working in the public eye, none of these wild accusations ever surfaced until he was named by Trump to run the VA. As recently as October of 2016, in the last of several glowing performance reviews, President Obama wrote of him, “Ronny does a great job - genuine enthusiasm, poised under pressure, incredible work ethic and follow through. Ronny continues to inspire confidence with the care he provides to me, my family and my team. Continue to promote ahead of peers.” Seems odd that nobody ever told Obama that his doctor was a drunk driver and a drug pusher.
Now, despite these wild accusations, he’s back at work as the President’s trusted physician, but will not be able to insure that our veterans receive the kind of top quality care that Obama verified that he provides. Why, it’s almost as if his real offense was just being chosen for a Cabinet position by Donald Trump. And now, Democrats who’ve spent over a year blocking and obstructing Trump's nominees for suspect or unconstitutional reasons, or none at all, can go back to complaining that there are still so many government positions that haven’t yet been filled.
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