Trump tweets: "Tester should resign"

Trump Calls on Tester to Resign Over VA Pick Allegations: 'His Reputation Has Been Shattered'

But Jackson, a surprise choice who has worked as a White House physician since 2006, faced immediate questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers as well as veterans groups about whether he had the experience to manage the massive department of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans.

"It's quite unusual for a United States senator to take allegations that have not been fully investigated, but to flaunt them to the national public to suggest he's the 'candyman.' I think is outrageous", said White House Legislative Director Marc Short. He continues to insist allegations about his character are false. All were made anonymously though.

Trump has criticized Tester for smearing the physician.

Current and former colleagues alleged that Jackson had freewheeling prescribing practices, drank on the job and claimed he "got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle" at a Secret Service going-away party, according to the office of Tester, who represents Montana.

In a pair of tweets this morning, meanwhile, President Trump wrote: "Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false".

"The. great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being". He also insinuated that Tester himself could be the target of allegations: "I know things about Tester that I could say, too". There were no such findings. A awful thing that we in DC must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. "Very dishonest and sick!" he tweeted.

Tester's seat will be contested in the November 6 midterms.

Police IG snubs Senate; summoned again over Melaye
The announcement was greeted with anger from senators who felt Mr Idris' failure to appear was a disrespect to the institution. Saraki said Melaye's ordeal is an attack on the Senate and called on those in authorities to follow the rule of law.

By contrast, Trump felt confident on a big crowd and a friendly reception in MI - one of the states in the Upper Midwest that Hillary Clinton counted on in 2016 but saw slip away.

Ahead of the rally Trump said in a fundraising pitch that he had come up with something better than being stuck in a room "with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me". While he continued praising Jackson, he says his next pick will be someone with political capability.

The same 2013 report also noted the perception among staff that Jackson "had blind ambitions to be the next physician to the president" and his actions were "purely politically driven for his self-advancement". Those were the two big charges lobbed against him by Democrats. Sen. Jon Tester in Tester's office in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2018.

Jackson strongly denied the allegations but withdrew Thursday. The Department of Veterans Affairs is in need of a hero to resurrect it from the throes of a corrupt bureaucracy.

During the 2016 campaign, Clinton drew laughs when she told supporters at a private fundraiser that half of Trump supporters could be lumped into a "basket of deplorables" - denouncing them as "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it".

Robert Wilkie, a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness appointed by Trump after Shulkin's ouster, remains the acting head of the VA.

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