First Ronny Jackson Withdrew His Nomination as VA Director. He Won’t Get His Old Job Back Either

April 30, 2018, 10:46 AM UTC

Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as President Trump’s personal physician.

Two White House officials confirmed the decision to Politico on Sunday.

Jackson withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs last week, following a series of allegations released by Sen. Jon Tester that accused the Navy rear admiral of overprescribing pills, drinking on the job, and creating a hostile work environment. Jackson has denied the allegations.

While Jackson will return to the White House medical unit, Sean Conley, who had taken over Jackson’s responsibilities as Trump’s physician, will remain in that role.

Trump has continued to defend Jackson, sharing a series of tweets over the weekend to that effect. The president noted that the Secret Service has not confirmed the charges against Jackson and called for Tester’s resignation.

At a rally in Michigan on Saturday night, Trump continued the attack against Tester, suggesting that the Senator was “throwing out things that he’s heard.”

“Well, I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said them, he’d never be elected again,” Trump continued.

Tester is expected to face a tough re-election bid in November. Trump won his state of Montana handily in 2016.

For his part, the Senator acknowledged to MSNBC that not all of the allegations against Jackson had been verified. Nevertheless, he argued that they warranted investigation.

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