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Cleveland Clinic CEO Said To Be Out Of Running For VA Secretary
Cleveland Clinic chief Toby Cosgrove has withdrawn his name from consideration as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a post that would have put him in charge of the health care and benefits of more than 20 million U.S. veterans, a source familiar with the matter said.
Chief aides of President-elect Donald Trump wanted Cosgrove for the job, but asked him to tell them if he could make the commitment before they made the offer, the source said.
They stressed the importance of the role, saying reforms at the VA are one of Trump’s priorities. Cosgrove spent time considering that, and then came back and said he couldn’t get out of the Cleveland Clinic commitment, the source said.
Cosgrove, a former military doctor, was considered the front runner for the job after his most recent meeting Wednesday with Trump. Several others have been under consideration, including Luis Quinonez, head of IQ Management Services, a multibillion-dollar company that provides health-care services to the military. A Vietnam veteran who was born in Guatemala, Quinonez has been active in Republican Party politics and, if elected, would be the first Hispanic Trump has nominated to a Cabinet-level position. However, according to Military Times, Quinonez has also withdrawn his name from consideration.
VA secretary is one of the few top jobs left for Trump to fill. The agency has been under scrutiny since 2014 for its long wait times that have left tens of thousands of veterans struggling to get care. President Barack Obama’s first VA secretary, Eric Shinseki, resigned in May 2014 after the scandal erupted, and the administration has since sought to improve care in the VA health system. But veterans’ groups say progress has been slow.
Obama approached Cosgrove about the job after Shinseki’s resignation, but hired former Procter & Gamble CEO Executive Robert McDonald after Cosgrove decided to stay in Cleveland.
In addition to overseeing the health care of the country’s more than 20 million veterans at 1,700 facilities, the agency also handles veterans’ benefits such as education grants, home loans and life insurance. It also operates 135 national cemeteries.
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The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"