Trump Expected to Fire Another Cabinet Secretary

Erika Holt
March 14, 2018

With the capital reeling from the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speculation swirled Tuesday night that President Donald Trump may continue the shakeup by firing his veterans secretary and moving Rick Perry to that troubled department. Dr. Shulkin, who disputed the report's findings, went public with fears that appointees were "trying to undermine the department from within".

The current VA secretary, David Shulkin, is under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe previous year. A series of ill-conceived media contacts, however, may have damaged his relationship with the White House beyond fix, potentially leading to yet another high-profile ouster.

The recent reports also come as Shulkin faces scrutiny over allegations that he improperly used taxpayer dollars. Shulkin then told Politico that he had the green light from the White House to crack down on "subversion", adding that those who had defied him "won't be working in my operation. those who crossed the line in the past are going to have to be accountable for those decisions", he added.

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However, Kelly was reportedly blindsided when Shulkin later spoke with The New York Times about the issues within the VA.

Shulkin met with Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, at the White House March 5 to discuss the agency's turmoil.

Major Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) have also expressed their support, but those Shulkin has accused of undermining him remain in place at the VA and the White House, and reform of the Choice program was still bogged down in Congress. "People need to get on board. or need to leave", he told the paper. Shulkin drew ire from the White House for talking directly to media rather than going through his communications team, which he claims is one group that's out to get him. "He wants Shulkin to just shut up and stop causing drama".

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