[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the White House withdrew Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Blumenthal appeared on Morning Joe earlier today to discuss the nomination.
“The White House bungled this nomination from the start – fumbling the facts and vetting and then failing to produce documents. Veterans deserve a first class manager with unquestionable integrity and ability. Now, President Trump must fulfill the obligation all of us have to our nation’s heroes by nominating a first class leader who will enhance and expand veterans’ health care, jobs, skill training and other essential services. In the meantime, this deeply flawed process should end the Administration’s repeated failures in screening and scrutinizing top level nominees.”