Trump Expected to Fire Another Cabinet Secretary

By Veterans Administration, via Wikimedia Commons

By Veterans Administration, via Wikimedia Commons

Shulkin's office did not immediately respond to the shopping charge, but the AP and other news outlets reported that the White House was feeling out Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the former Republican governor of Texas, to take over from Shulkin at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

And Mr. Trump has publicly showered Dr. Shulkin with praise.

A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that "failed leadership" at the VA during the Obama administration put some veterans in agency hospitals at risk.

Possible replacements for Energy Secretary show Trump also is unfamiliar with the responsibilities of the Energy Secretary. An inspector general report found that Shulkin spent most of a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe sightseeing, misused government resources by having the VA cover the cost of his wife's airfare and improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon.


A Shulkin adviser referred questions about this report to the White House.

Kelly did tell Shulkin that he would help him with the issues he was having with staffers at the VA, according to Axios. "Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin, by his conduct, lacks the moral authority to achieve you goals of a transparent, accountable VA that is dedicated to meeting our nation's obligations to the men and women who wore the uniform and made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms".

In the midst of the controversies, Shulkin has complained that he is the victim of "subversion" from within the VA and at the White House organized by Trump administration political appointees who see him as an obstacle to expansion of the choice program allowing veterans to opt for private health care. The veterans affairs post was among the slots Trump eyed for him before picking him for the Energy Department - one of three that Perry vowed to abolish during his 2012 presidential run, and the one whose name eluded him during an "oops" moment at a 2011 debate.

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