Trump to nominate acting VA Secretary Wilkie to permanently head the agency

Trump to nominate acting VA Secretary Wilkie to permanently head the agency

President Donald Trump plans to appoint appearing U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to completely lead the company, the President introduced on Friday on the White Home summit on jail reform.

The information will come as a shock to Wilkie, because the President hadn’t even instructed him earlier than the announcement.

“Wilkie, who, by the best way, has finished an unbelievable job on the VA” stated Trump. “I’ll be informing him in a short time — he doesn’t know this but — that we’re going to be placing his identify up for nomination to be Secretary of the Veterans Administration. Implausible. I’m sorry that I ruined the shock.”

The President additionally applauded the company’s strikes to broaden the VA Alternative and accountability applications.

The nomination comes simply three weeks after Trump’s first nominee former White Home doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination amid the emergence of office controversies.

At present, Wilkie is the Division of Protection Undersecretary for personnel and readiness. Trump pulled him into the position after the President fired former VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD. The transfer got here as a shock, as Trump sidestepped Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman — subsequent in line to the place.

In truth, two veterans teams sued the VA over what they argue was Trump’s ‘illegal’ selection. Whereas that lawsuit continues to be pending, it stays to be seen how these teams will view the latest nomination.

Whereas one other giant veterans group AMVETS initially urged Trump to rethink his selection, they’ve since modified their tune.

“Wilkie has clearly been working laborious to study the numerous extraordinarily difficult and most urgent points dealing with veterans proper now,” AMVETS Government Director Joe Chenelly stated in a press release. “His early work has earned him the arrogance of AMVETS, and we’re trying ahead to an intensive however hopefully speedy affirmation course of.”

The VA simply introduced it is going to formally signal a $10 billion EHR modernization contract with Cerner, practically a yr after Shulkin stated the company deliberate to construct an EHR to match DoD.

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