Ronny jackson withdraws as trump’s va nominee after accusations daily mail online

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Wednesday evening on CNN that preparations were being made for Jackson to withdraw, although it remained the White House‘s position that his confirmation hearing, which had been indefinitely delayed, should be rescheduled

‘Jon Tester, I think this is going to cause him a lot of problems in his state. He took a man, who was just an incredible man, an incredible man, respected by Obama, gave him his highest rating,’ he said, going into Jackson’s credentials, ‘and he runs a fantastic operation.

The drug dispensing allegation was on top of an earlier claim that Jackson handed out less regulated meds – Ambien and a stimulant – to travelers on presidential trips.

The document compiled by Senate Democratic staffers and Tester said he was nicknamed the ‘Candyman.’

‘Conversations with 23 colleagues and former colleagues of Rear Admiral Jackson, most of whom are still in uniform, have raised serious concerns about Jackson’s temperament and ethics, and cast doubt on his ability to lead the second largest agency in government and one tasked with the sacred mission of fulfilling our commitment to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and their families,’ according to the document.

his ability to lead the second largest agency in government and one tasked with the sacred mission of fulfilling our commitment to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and their families. Those concerns are best captured under the following three topics:

• Physicians, physician assistants, and nurses have described a pattern of handing out Ambien (to sleep) and Provigil (to wake up) without triaging patient history (no intakes, no questionnaires) on Air Force One. These are controlled substances that require tracking.

• The White House Medical Unit (WHMU) had questionable record keeping for pharmaceuticals so it is tough to account for all controlled substances with perfect accuracy. Only after-the-fact would Jackson account for pills or provide paper records to account for shortages. For example, missing Percocet (used for pain) tabs once threw WHMU into a panic. It turned out Jackson had provided a large supply to a White House Military Office (WHMO) staffer. Jackson also had private stocks of controlled substances.

• Individuals cite inquiries by the Navy Surgeon General and WHMO into these issues, as well as a DOD IG submission related to ineligible personnel receiving care at Walter Reed in the President’s Wing. Outlined in that document are concerns about WHMO’s ability to be objective on matters related to Admiral Jackson. Mentioned in that complaint was a previous investigation by WHMO about dispensing of controlled substances.

• Jackson was described as ‘ the most unethical person I have ever worked with’, ‘flat – out unethical’, ‘explosive’, ‘100 percent bad temper’, ‘toxic’, ‘abusive’, ‘volatile’, ‘incapable of not losing his temper’, ‘the worst officer I have ever served with’, ‘despicable’, ‘dishonest’, as having ‘screaming tantrums’ and ‘screaming fits’, as someone who would ‘lose his mind over small things’, ‘vindictive’, ‘belittling’, ‘the worse leader I’ve ever worked for.’ Day-to-day environment was like ‘ walking on eggshells. ‘ As Jackson gained power he became ‘ intolerable.’ One physician said, ‘I have n o faith in government that someone like Jackson could be end up at VA .’ A nurse stated, ‘this [working at W HMU] should have been the highlight of my military career but it was my worst assignment.’ Another stated that working at W H MU was the ‘worst experience of my life.’

• Jackson was viewed as someone who ‘would roll over anyone’, ‘wor ked his way up on the backs of others’, ‘was a suck up to those above him and abusive to those below him’, a ‘kiss up, kick down boss’, ‘put his needs above everyone else’s.’

• When ‘on duty’ or ‘holding the medical bag’, Jackson was required to be on call at a moment’s notice in the event of a health issue with the President. On several occasions, Jackson would reach for ‘the bag’ while intoxicated to show he was in charge. On at least one occasion, Dr. Jackson could not be reached when needed because he was passed out drunk in his hotel room.

But Tester said Tuesday that ’20 military folks and retired military folks’ had come forward to the Navy’s military inspector general in 2012 to describe how Jackson made sleep aids and stimulants easily available to staff traveling on Obama’s overseas trips.

Tester says service personnel under Dr. Jackson’s command used specific words when describing their supervisor’s on-the-job demeanor, including: ‘Abusive toward staff,’ ‘Very explosive personality,’ ‘Belittles the folks underneath him,’ and ‘Screamed toward staff.’

Trump said Tuesday that he would understand if the rear admiral bowed out of consideration. News reports from CBS and The New York Times have relayed unsubstantiated allegations that Jackson consumed alcohol on the job, over-prescribed medications and presided over a hostile work environment.

‘The fact is, I wouldn’t do it,’ he said, recounting his advice to the Navy doctor who also tended to the medical needs of President George W. Bush. ‘I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country?’