WASHINGTON, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the personal physician of President Donald Trump, has withdrawn his nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House announced Thursday.
The move came in the wake of allegations of misconduct on the job that resulted in a US Senate committee postponing his confirmation hearing.
“While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Jackson said in a statement.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was investigating allegations that Jackson oversaw a hostile work environment, drank on the job and overprescribed drugs.
“The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated,” Jackson said in his statement, which was released by the White House.
“Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing — how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes.” Jackson has worked as a presidential physician for three US presidents, including Trump.
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