Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor who withdrew from his Veterans Affairs secretary nomination amid allegations he was drunk on the job, will not continue to serve as President Trump’s physician, according to a report.
His replacement will be Navy officer Sean Conley who stepped into Jackson’s role in March, Politico reported Sunday citing two senior administration officials.
Jackson, a Navy rear admiral who also served as White House doctor under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, dropped out of the Veteran Affairs secretary nomination on Thursday. He then returned to the White House Medical Unit.
His withdrawal came after Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, revealed allegations that Jackson drank on the job, created a toxic work environment and handed out prescription medication, earning him the nickname “Candy man” in the White House.
Jackson called the claims against him “false and fabricated.” Trump defended his top doctor saying he’s an “American hero” and called on Tester to resign.
“Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false,” the President tweeted Saturday. “The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign.”
Tester shot back at Trump saying he’ll “never stop fighting” for the veterans.
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