White House Aide's warned about Ronny Jackson last fall

Hannah Rogers
May 2, 2018

The president has taken aim at Tester in recent days after the Montana Democrat, who is up for reelection in a state Trump won, released a document that laid out allegations that Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, Trump's VA secretary pick, drank on the job, overprescribed medication and fostered a hostile work environment as personal physician to the president.

Jackson, a former combat physician who faced nearly immediate criticism that he was not qualified to oversee VA, withdrew his nomination Thursday after the office of Sen.

Jon Tester Tries To Move Past Ronny Jackson Controversy The ad doesn't reference the Jackson controversy, but Tester's political consultants must know portraying the Senator as a longtime veterans advocate could help inoculate him from charges of politicizing the Jackson nomination. This particular claim has been denied by Jackson and no reports have been found relating to a auto wreck and Ronny. In another incident an enraged driver in Montgomery County, Maryland, allegedly punched out Jackson's window during a morning drive to Camp David.

Vice President Mike Pence's doctor accused Ronny Jackson of misconduct during a 2017 medical emergency involving the second lady, according to a report Monday.

Jackson has broadly denied the allegations of misbehavior.

But Tester's office has not specified the time frame during which the alleged misconduct occurred.

"So, in this case, I don't think it matters too much". Tester's staff has yet to release documentation supporting the accusations, and a Secret Service statement on Friday said the agency had found no evidence to support one of the specific allegations.

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President Trump told those gathered in MI, there was never any truth to those allegations.

Nearly immediately, Jackson issued a public statement saying the allegations were completely "false and fabricated" but ultimately withdrew his name. "The chairman of the Senate Veterans" Affairs Committee refused Monday to agree with President Donald Trump's criticism of the panel's top Democrat, Sen.

Asked about the situation at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump called it "an absolute disgrace". "He would have been a great leader", Trump complained, noting that he, Obama and former President George W. Bush had all praised the doctor's conduct in the past.

The Jackson episode dovetailed with Tester's prior campaign theme of fighting for veterans and an effective VA department, but clashed with his parallel message of working with Trump to get bills signed into law.

At the VFW Post 1087 in Great Falls, some veterans enjoying a beer and watching the National Basketball Association playoffs on a Sunday afternoon say their problem with Tester is that he went public with allegations against Jackson before a full investigation was concluded.

Tester told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the committee heard from almost two dozen witnesses who, among other things, claimed Jackson was nicknamed "the candy man" for his habit of handing out prescription drugs to staffers who needed to sleep or stay awake that he drank, at times excessively, on some official overseas trips and that he fostered a hostile work environment.

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