WASHINGTON, DC – This week, after President Trump announced his plans to oust Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominate White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“I admire Dr. Jackson’s service to the nation, but I don’t know if he is the right person to lead the VA.  I will review his background and statements carefully, as I do with all nominees.  The VA is a large and intricate agency that requires steadfast leadership and an understanding of how to run a complex organization.  As such, I am interested in learning more about Dr. Jackson’s experiences.  

“One thing is clear: the Trump Administration seems to devolve further into turmoil by the day.  I hope the level of dysfunction that has engulfed other parts of the Administration does not impact the care that our veterans receive.”