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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