Jon Tester

Witcover: Trump's VA nominee takes his bizarre advice

Witcover: Trump's VA nominee takes his bizarre advice

When Donald Trump chose the White House physician, Ronny Jackson, to run the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the president gave him an odd sendoff. "I don't want to send him through a process like that," he said, referring to the customary vetting by Congress. "The fact is, I wouldn't do it. What does he need it for?"

The warning was certainly valid. Dr. Jackson immediately ran into a buzz saw of accusations. They ranged from running a hostile work environment in other jobs to improper administering of drugs and drinking on the job while serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as Mr. Trump.

If the president didn't want to put Dr....

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