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VA's Shulkin Now In Trouble Over Shopping Binges

14 March 2018

Shulkin's standing in the administration has been shaky for weeks now as his agency devolves into turmoil, and though White House press secretary Sarah Sanders maintained just last week that he has done "a great job", Trump now wants him out.

President Donald Trump is considering moving U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to a new Cabinet post, leading the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, according to multiple news reports.

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"We can do better and we have to do better" throughout the entire VA health care system of 170 hospitals and more than 1,100 clinics, Shulkin said at a news conference. At a signing ceremony for one of those bills in June, Mr. Trump said his secretary did not have to worry about hearing the president's old reality-show catchphrase, "You're fired".

Shulkin has butted heads with Trump appointees at the V.A. from the outset, but the conflict came to a head after an inspector general's report found "serious derelictions" in the way Shulkin's office had handled a trip to Europe, among them allegedly doctoring e-mails to allow the V.A. head to justify bringing his wife along.

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She was alleged to have altered emails and records in arranging for Shulkin's wife, Dr. Merle Bari, to travel with him. Trump has been telling associates he doesn't know what's happened at the VA, but he doesn't like what he's hearing and he may have to fire Shulkin if the situation further deteriorates...

The dispute spilled into public over the last month, following a scathing report by department's inspector general on a business trip that Dr. Shulkin took to Britain and Denmark past year. The energy department did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the report, nor did the White House. Axios recently reported the President has been growing frustrated with him.

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Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday.

VA's Shulkin Now In Trouble Over Shopping Binges