Donald Trump pretty much made his decision to have White House physician Ronny Jackson head his Veterans Affairs department the way he makes all of his decisions — with little research, almost no facts, and without having any qualifications. Now that there are several claims about Jackson’s past coming out (including extremely unprofessional behavior and reports of Jackson drinking on the job), the White House is being held accountable for the president’s decision.
These are the exact allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson, the nominee for Secretary of Veteran Affairs. pic.twitter.com/eVfjmASNSZ
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) April 25, 2018
Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled during her press briefing about Jackson, and she didn’t offer much hope. Sanders said:
A very thorough investigation and vetting process has taken place.”
This ‘vetting process’, can be described as two things — this first being the FBI’s background checks on Jackson while he served under Barack Obama and Trump – and the second being the more horrifying call of Trump’s own judgment. Sanders said, as if Trump spending a lot of time with Jackson should count for something:
This is somebody that spends more time with the President than just about anyone.”
Sanders also stated that during the vague background checks (which she did not elaborate on), the incident where Jackson drunkenly pounded on the door of a female employee during Obama’s term, the “toxic” work environment he fostered, or the fact that he gave out prescription sleeping medicine during overseas flights did not turn up.
Basically, Jackson’s vetting is mostly based on Trump’s view that he is an excellent judge of character, which is terrifying when looking at the history of Trump’s purging of his own employees. Because Jackson and Trump have spent a lot of time together and Jackson already works in the White House, Trump believes that Jackson is the perfect candidate for a job he is completely unqualified for. As Trump continues to get slammed by members of both parties for this decision, we can only hope that Trump learns something from this.
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