U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Veteran's Affairs committee should resign after the President's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid numerous allegations.
Tester was one of a group of Senate Democrats who published a list of concerns about Jackson's appointment to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. "The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family." - tweet Saturday afternoon.
Trump's tweets say "the great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander" and that Jackson's reputation "for no reason whatsoever. has been shattered".
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The president has said Tester deserves to lose his reelection bid in November for sharing allegations about Jackson, and on Saturday implied he could spread allegations about the Montana senator that would cost him the election.
Jackson, the physician for Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, made headlines in January when he deemed Trump to be in "excellent" health after the annual examination.
The allegations included handing out sleeping tablets on Air Force One, opioids to at least one White House staffer and prescribing drugs for himself.
Jackson has broadly denied the allegations of misbehavior.
The statement also noted Trump has signed into law eight of Tester's bills on veterans. During the 2016 presidential election, the state supported Trump by about 20 points.
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Records were also pulled of three vehicle incidents involving Jackson over the last four years. "He is a tremendous asset to the entire White House team".
Trump concluded his morning tweetstorm by touting his economic successes ahead of a rally in MI on Saturday, where he hopes to emphasize progress on unemployment issues and bolster support for his domestic agenda. As well as, the White Home medical unit that Jackson ran efficiently handed common controlled-substance audits, in accordance with the information for the final three years. Some conservatives reminiscent of Pete Hegseth, a "Fox & Associates" contributor, who has been beforehand thought-about for the VA secretary job, have recommended the plan could not go far sufficient to offer entry to personal docs outdoors the government-run VA well being system. Tester also accused Jackson of being frequently drunk on the job, based on a lurid tale (anonymously sourced, of course) about a Secret Service intervention to prevent a severely-inebriated Jackson from disturbing a sleeping President Obama during an global trip in 2015.
A spokesperson for Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson said he approved of Tester's handling of the accusations. Democrats also say he he "wrecked" a auto after drinking at a Secret Service going-away party.
President Trump praised him on Thursday at the announcement of the withdrawal of his appointment. These questions were legitimate, given the sheer size and dysfunction of the VA and Jackson's inexperience with large bureaucracies, and they deserved satisfactory answers at Jackson's confirmation hearing - but Jackson never made it that far.
Coincidentally, Trump had a previously scheduled event with wounded veterans at the White House on Thursday, just hours after Jackson announced he was pulling his nomination.
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