Dr. Ronny Jackson no longer VA nominee

Ronny Jackson Withdraws as VA Secretary Nominee

FDA reexamines safety of controversial Parkinson's drug MORE on Thursday pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I'm "embarrassed and ashamed" by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated Federal Bureau of Investigation rules MORE's prediction that the Montana Democrat would pay a political price for helping to defeat Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Adm. Ronny Jackson.

In a section on Jackson's prescribing practices, the summary said that in one case, missing Percocet tabs threw members of the White House Medical Unit into a panic - but it turned out he had prescribed a "large supply" of the opioid to a White House Military Office staffer. Lawmakers from both parties raised concerns that Jackson has no experience heading a vast government bureaucracy like the Veterans Administration-the second-largest agency in the USA government.

The Navy rear admiral was the physician to presidents Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush and was well regarded by many current and former White House staff.

A watchdog report requested in 2012 and reviewed by the AP discovered that Jackson and a rival doctor exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in an influence battle over the White Home medical unit.

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the ranking Democrat on the VA committee, said in an interview with CNN that Jackson was known as "the candy man" in the White House for his drug prescribing habits.

At a Secret Service going away party, investigators reported, Jackson allegedly got drunk and "wrecked a government vehicle".

Jackson has denied some of the accusations.

Reports of overprescribing and alcohol-related behaviour problems can jeopardise a doctor's license. Many state medical boards enable medical doctors to maintain their licenses and return to apply in the event that they full particular remedy applications and undergo random urine screens.

Jackson was due to begin his confirmation hearings on Wednesday. "I really don't think personally he should do it, but it's totally his - I would stand behind him - totally his decision", Trump remarked Tuesday during a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.

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"He has received more vetting than most nominees", she said.

The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated. He was "not familiar" with auto wreck episode. 'Screamed toward staff, ' " Tester said.

Tester, speaking on MSNBC, acknowledged that not all the allegations had been verified.

Veterans teams expressed dismay over the persevering with uncertainty on the VA, pointing to a doubtlessly defective vetting course of by the White Home.

"The American Legion is very concerned about the current lack of permanent leadership", said Denise Rohan, national commander of The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization.

At a White House event honouring wounded soldiers later on Thursday however, he singled out the acting veterans affairs secretary Robert Wilkie, whose name was added at the last minute to the guest list.

For days, the Pentagon has been silent about the allegations against Jackson, saying it would be inappropriate to comment while his Cabinet nomination was pending with the Senate.

The allegations "must be reviewed and addressed by the Department of Defense" before the Senate Armed Services Committee can consider his promotion nomination, said Chip Uhruh, a spokesman for Sen.

An ethics issue helped bring down David Shulkin, the previous head of the 380,000-plus employee Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), who was sacked in late March after he was accused of spending $122,000 on a nine-day trip to Europe with his wife, which included sightseeing at castles and taking in professional tennis matches. Apart from overseeing the White House medical staff, Jackson led a military trauma unit in Iraq, tending to troops who had suffered catastrophic wounds during one of the war's most violent stretches.

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