Trump Eyes Rick Perry To Replace Veterans Affairs Secretary

Trump Eyes Rick Perry To Replace Veterans Affairs Secretary

The current VA secretary, David Shulkin, is under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe past year.

President Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Trump has talked about firing Shulkin but was still weighing the question Tuesday, the people said.

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Shulkin at first denied the charges but later accepted responsibility and agreed to reimburse the government.

He came under scrutiny last month for what an internal VA report called "serious derelictions" in a trip he took to Europe.

In the midst of the controversies, Shulkin has complained that he is the victim of "subversion" from within the VA and at the White House organized by Trump administration political appointees who see him as an obstacle to expansion of the choice program allowing veterans to opt for private health care.

The dispute spilled into public over the last month, following a scathing report by department's inspector general on a business trip that Dr. Shulkin took to Britain and Denmark a year ago. He is a holdover from the Obama administration, where he served as undersecretary for health overseeing medical facilities run by the VA, which provides care for more than 9 million enrolled veterans.

Coffman, who has consistently hammered the VA over its over-budget and behind-schedule construction of the new VA hospital in Aurora, said Shulkin made Americans trust the department even less because of his actions and said it was time to "clean house" at the time.

Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday.

Kelly did tell Shulkin that he would help him with the issues he was having with staffers at the VA, according to Axios.