Speaking at a joint press conference Tuesday, President Trump was asked about allegations against Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who he had chosen to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Senate Veterans Affairs panel announced they have indefinitely postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, over allegations of improper conduct.
Jackson, who is the personal doctor for President Trump, also served as the personal physician for formers presidents Bush and Obama.
Trump said he absolutely stands behind Jackson, saying he is a “fine man,” but questions why he would want to take the “abuse” from the political process.
The Hill reported:
“It’s totally his decision, he’ll be making a decision,” Trump said when asked about the nomination of Jackson, who is the White House physician to the president.
The president said he told Jackson “this is a vicious group of people that malign. What do you need this for? … You’re too fine a person.”
“If I were him, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump said.
“I don’t want to put a man through a process through like this… it’s too ugly and too disgusting,” Trump said.
“If I were him – actually in many ways, I’d love to be him – but the fact is, I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians,” Trump added.
BREAKING: President Trump says that he wouldn’t proceed with the nomination process if he were VA secretary-nominee Ronny Jackson, but the decision on whether to proceed is “totally [Jackson’s] decision” and Jackson will be making a decision. pic.twitter.com/D2Q1rGeuSW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 24, 2018
President Trump on Dr. Ronny Jackson: “He’s a leader and a good man.” pic.twitter.com/c1XKkBgZcR
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 24, 2018
Before everyone piles on the Trump administration for the Ronny Jackson debacle, remember that he was personal doc to Bush and Obama, too. If the allegations are true, this is a system fail, not a Trump fail.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 24, 2018
BREAKING: US Senate Veterans Affairs Cmte. leaders say they have requested from President Trump “all information regarding any improper conduct pertaining” to Ronny Jackson’s service in the White House Medical Unit – @frankthorp https://t.co/LxGIBoQXFZ pic.twitter.com/ZROr4bN1kI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 24, 2018
BREAKING: Senate committee says it has delayed Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Trump’s VA nominee Ronny Jackson.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 24, 2018