Trump meets with embattled VA nominee in Oval Office

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But other officials fear Jackson's nomination is doomed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the American people were the losers in a shaky nomination effort.

Authors information: Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering the Trump administration through the lens of Capitol Hill. In fact, you had President Obama basically saying that Admiral Jackson was poised under pressure, that he should be promoted.

The allegations about Jackson add to worries from senators in both parties that Jackson is not qualified to run the veterans agency.

Trump acknowledged that Jackson would face an uphill battle but backed him as "impeccable" and said he would not be "railroaded", according to the White House. "Basically creating an environment where the staff felt they needed to walk on eggshells around him".

Some employees alleged Jackson was doling out medications to staff during long trips, Tester said.

The complaints came from 20 active duty and retired military personnel who had worked for Jackson, also according to Tester. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate committee. "These very serious questions about Admiral Jackson need answers, and the answers should have been ready well before the questions were raised publicly".

Two sources told NBC News that prior internal White House reviews found nothing out of the ordinary.

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An inspector general report from the time says most of the blame for the situation fell on Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman, the physician to President Barack Obama. But inadequate vetting by the White House has been a problem since the election. He is quoted saying he was willing to do what was necessary to straighten out the command, even if it "meant finding a new position in Navy Medicine". Jackson was named physician to the President in 2013, after Kuhlman left the unit entirely.

A 2012 watchdog report ordered up by Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson found that both he and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit. The report initially was reviewed by The Associated Press. The document described the working environment as akin to "being caught between parents going through a bitter divorce". The allegations can put his nomination in jeopardy.

Trump is criticizing members of Congress who questioned Jackson's lack of experience.

Trump did call Jackson "a great doctor" and "one of the finest people that I have met".

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the embattled pick to lead the Veterans Affairs agency, is not planning to withdraw his nomination as of now, a senior administration official said Tuesday. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and the top Democrat on the committee, Sen.

"We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation", the pair wrote.

In Jackson's case, his nomination was already facing scrutiny from veterans groups and lawmakers who questioned his management experience, his views on outsourcing VA services and his glowing description of Trump's health during a January news briefing.

Spokeswoman Amanda Maddox cites questions from lawmakers over allegations made about Jackson's past behavior.

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The incident was reportedly just one of the drunken episodes involving Jackson and is being scrutinized by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Trump selected Jackson to head the VA after firing former Obama Administration official David Shulkin. The VA has a payroll of 360,000 and serves the nation's 9 million veterans.

President Donald Trump during a luncheon on April 3, 2018. He has improved unit morale, received glowing reviews and promotions under Republican and Democrat presidents, and has been given a clean vet from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I was looking forward to the hearing tomorrow", Jackson said in video captured by MSNBC.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Isakson said the confirmation hearing is being delayed because the committee needs "some time to get more information".

"I told Admiral Jackson, 'What do you need this for?"

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says some Republicans have told him that they think the hearing should be postponed, which he says deserves consideration.

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"If you don't do the vetting effectively at the front end, you pay the consequences on the back end", Stier said.