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Kelly warned VA chief to get his act together

14 March 2018, 12:05 | Joann Bryant

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President Donald Trump is considering replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with candidates including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, according to an administration official, after an inspector general's report last month said Dr. Shulkin had misspent taxpayer money during an official trip to Europe past year.

Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday.

Shulkin has insisted that he still has the support of Trump, and the White House thus far has backed him in public.

Veteran's Affairs Secretary David Shulkin looks down during a press briefing last August. Russian Federation concedes "dozens" of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE to the White House last week and told him to stop creating drama in his agency, Axios reported Sunday.

"Trump has eyed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a possible replacement", CNN reports.

Trump became irritated with Shulkin for publicly claiming that he has to fire people and purge his agency of Trump appointees, two people said.




Hegseth, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, competed against Shulkin for the job of heading Veterans Affairs.

Last month, Missal issued a scathing report charging that Shulkin wrongly charged the $4,132 airfare for his wife on a trip to Denmark and London last July, and also accepted free tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. He was the only holdover from the previous administration after Trump tapped him as the new VA secretary.

Shulkin is the latest member of the Trump administration to be embroiled in ethics violations.

He took office in February 2017 following a unanimous vote by the Senate. Zinke is also being investigated for his use of a chartered flight to go home to Montana to the tune of $12,000. He blamed some officials appointed by Trump as the cause of the drama within the agency, according to New York Times.

Trump has talked about firing Shulkin but was still weighing the question Tuesday, the people said.



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