To hear President Donald Trump hear it, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is a fine naval officer and physician with no blemishes on his record, and his candidacy to run the Department of Veterans Affairs was scuttled by “vicious rumors” from scheming liberal politicians.

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President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, currently the official White House physician to the president, to replace Dr. David Shulkin as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Associated Press

A Republican congressman called for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s immediate resignation Wednesday following findings from a government watchdog of “serious derelictions by VA personnel” regarding Shulkin’s 10-day trip to Europe last summer.

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Photo via Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs made public July 7 a list of employee terminations, demotions, and suspensions that it will update weekly, which agency officials said is an attempt at transparency following action by Congress to give the VA secretary unprecedented disciplinary power.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

By most accounts, Dr. David J. Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, is a reasonable man thrust into an impossible situation.

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VA photo/Robert Turtil

In a mystery-shrouded press conference at the Department of Veterans Affairs this morning, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced that the department would move quickly to adopt the same electronic health-records system that the Department of Defense uses — a move once mulled by the Obama administration that veterans advocates are praising today.

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