WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of speculation, President Donald Trump has fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him.
A White House official says Shulkin was informed of his dismissal by chief of staff John Kelly before Trump tweeted it out Wednesday.
Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, is a surprise choice to succeed Shulkin, a former Obama administration official and the first nonveteran to head the VA.
Shulkin’s dismissal comes amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and a bruising ethics scandal.
He agreed to reimburse the government more than $4,000 after the VA’s internal watchdog concluded that he had improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and that his then-chief of staff had doctored emails to justify his wife traveling to Europe with him at taxpayer expense.