Ronny Jackson withdraws as VA secretary nominee

President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs withdrew from consideration Thursday.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, had been facing a slew of damaging accusations including that he got so drunk at a Secret Service party he crashed a car, that he was known to hand out pills “like candy” and that he once drunkenly pounded on the door of a female colleague.

In a statement, Jackson called the allegations “baseless” and “completely false and fabricated.”

“Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.

“The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated. If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years.”

He continued: “In my role as a doctor, I have tirelessly worked to provide excellent care for all my patients. In doing so, I have always adhered to the highest ethical standards.

Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing – how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes.”

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