With more than two weeks until Donald Trump’s inauguration, it remains unclear when the president-elect will select his Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, as names are dropped and added to the list of candidates.
On Tuesday, the Senate will take up the nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The highly regarded former CEO of Procter & Gamble, one of the largest and most trusted consumer goods companies in the world, and former infantry captain in the 82nd Airborne, will undoubtedly face a severe grilling from lawmakers.
It’s unusual for a former CEO troubleshooter to be picked by the Obama administration to lead this post, and former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald has a history of supporting Republicans, having donated money to both Mitt Romney’s presidential run and House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional campaign.
In a pick that surprised much of Washington last month, President Barack Obama tapped former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is reeling from a series of scandals over the last few months. On Tuesday, in a vote that comes just days before Congress's five-week recess, the Senate confirmed McDonald as the new secretary with a unanimous 97-0 vote.