Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson will not return as President Trump's personal physician after withdrawing his nomination to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fox News has learned.
Jackson came under fire after being nominated to lead the VA, as allegations that he drank on the job, created a hostile work environment, handed out pills without proper examinations and once crashed a government vehicle after partying all arose. Sean Conley, a Navy officer who took over Jackson's responsibilities after his nomination last month, will continue in his role as Trump's physician.
No word yet on what Jackson will do now. Jackson denied those allegations.
'What Jon Tester said about this man is a disgrace.
'If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years, ' Jackson said.
In a written statement, Jackson said, "Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity". The White Home launched data that it says present the allegations weren't true. The White House said last week that it found no evidence to support the claim that he wrecked a government vehicle, and the Secret Service denied the report that agents had to intervene when Jackson drunkenly pounded on another official's hotel room door during a trip with President Obama.
The top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, John Tester of Montana, said more than 20 military and retired military personnel who've worked with Jackson brought the allegations to his attention.
"There were no such findings", he tweeted. "A awful thing that we in D.C. must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. Very dishonest and sick!" A former Pentagon official, Robert Wilkie, has been acting secretary since David Shulkin was sacked in March after an 87-page report by the VA's inspector general found he had misused taxpayer funds while on an official trip to Europe.