好运5分快三走势_Trump replaces embattled veteran affairs chief with White House physician as cabinet shake

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that White House doctor Ronny Jackson will replace embattled David Shulkin to be the next Veteran Affairs (VA) secretary, as the administration's shake-up added a new casualty.

LONG-TIME PHYSICIAN TO PRESIDENT

A rear admiral of the US Navy, Jackson has served as the White House physician since the George W. Bush administration, and has monitored Trump's health since he took office.

"Admiral Jackson is highly trained and qualified and as a service member himself, he has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and has a deep appreciation for the debt our great country owes them," Trump said in a statement.

Jackson came to the public attention earlier this year when he showed up at the White House briefing room to answer questions about the president's health.

He said Trump, 71, was in "very, very good health" and had "incredible genes" that allowed him to stay healthy despite a lack of exercise and an appetite for fast food.

Jackson also repeatedly said that the president displayed no signs of any cognitive shortcomings, amid questions about Trump's mental fitness for the office. Last week, the active duty Navy physician was nominated for military promotion by Trump.

The department Jackson is about to run is responsible for 9 million military veterans in more than 1,700 government-run health facilities. Robert Wilkie, an undersecretary at the Department of Defense, will serve as the acting VA secretary until Jackson is confirmed.