Head of Veterans Affairs may be next to be ousted from Trump administration
President Donald Trump is considering replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with candidates including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, according to an administration official, after an inspector general’s report last month said Shulkin had misspent taxpayer money during an official trip to Europe last year.
The official said the discussions of replacing Shulkin are “not very far along,” and another person familiar with the matter said other names are also in the mix. That person said Perry’s wasn’t the name that came up the most frequently in the discussions.
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The president on Monday lunched with Perry, a former Texas governor, at the White House. At an event with the Houston Astros at the White House the same day, Trump singled out his energy secretary for praise. “We love Rick, right? Did I do the right job with Rick?” Trump asked. “I think we did the right job.”
For much of Trump’s first year in office, Shulkin had been a bright spot in the cabinet. He worked with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, to streamline services by scrapping the agency’s electronic-records system in favor of the system used by the Defense Department, and has earned bipartisan praise from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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