In media appearances, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin described the atmosphere in Washington as “toxic.”
White House officials said Shulkin had become a distraction due to a constant wave of speculation about his future amid multiple controversies.
Shulkin is under fire after an internal report criticized his wife’s taxpayer-covered trip to Europe.
David Shulkin is the only cabinet-level holdover from Obama’s administration, but his critics are trying to oust him.
Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin is in hot water over a trip to Europe in which the government picked up the tab for his wife.
Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin is accused of using taxpayer money to pay for his wife’s flight to Europe, where they watched Wimbledon.
According to the report, Shulkin’s staff covered up the inquiry into his wife’s airfare, and Shulkin himself improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets.
The VA did not explain why they paid for David Shulkin’s wife’s travel and meals when the spouses of other VA staffers had to pay their own way.
Shulkin has been moving at warp-speed to revamp health care at the Veterans’ Administration - and has been praised by Democrats and Republicans.
Shulkin is attempting to reform the VA to deliver better, faster care - and he’s still treating some of the patients himself.