Ronny Jackson won't return as Trump's doctor

Ronny Jackson remains assigned to the White House - but it's not addressing reports the Navy rear admiral won't be returning to the job of President Donald Trump's personal physician.

Jackson, who also served as White House physician during the Obama administration, was nominated to serve as VA secretary after the previous agency chief, David Shulkin, was fired. The accusation against Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, was one of the more serious allegations the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee examined as part of his confirmation process this month.

Jackson was set to resume his duties in the West Wing after he withdrew his nomination for Veterans Affairs secretary last week. Tester acknowledged in an MSNBC interview that not all of the allegations against Jackson were proven, but that they merited investigation.

The Jackson episode dovetailed with Tester's prior campaign theme of fighting for veterans and an effective VA department, but clashed with his parallel message of working with Trump to get bills signed into law.

The president also wrote that "Tester's statements on Admiral Jackson" were as baseless as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election - a probe he derided as "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!" earlier this month.

They said their allegations were based on conversations with 23 of Jackson's current and former colleagues at the White House Medical Unit.


Tester took the lead in raising concerns about Jackson's nomination, eventually releasing a two-page document with allegations he said were brought to the committee primarily by military officials who worked at the White House.

"Well, I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said 'em, he'd never be elected again".

A spokeswoman for the committee chairman, Sen.

Nevertheless, as Jazz noted this morning, media outlets reported that Jackson would leave the White House, having been broken by the smears and innuendo.

The White House defended Jackson on Friday, with press secretary Sarah Sanders describing his record as "impeccable" and saying he had passed multiple background checks. In the tweet, Trump called Tester "dishonest and sick" for pushing an allegation that Secret Service agents had to stop Jackson from drunkenly banging on the door of a female staffer on an overseas trip in 2015, worrying he would wake then-President Obama.


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