The president said he would nominate Ronny Jackson, MD, the White House physician, to replace him.
Wilkie, who will serve as the Acting Secretary for the department, is now the Undersecretary of Defence for Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defence and overseas health affairs, welfare and quality of life for military families. The selection of Wilkie bypasses VA Deputy Secretary Tom Bowman, who has come under criticism for being too moderate to push Trump's agenda of fixing veterans' care.
John Rowan, who leads Vietnam Veterans of America, described Jackson as an "unknown quantity".
This is the latest in a series of dismissals of senior White House officials and cabinet members by Trump. "Secretary Shulkin was under fire for ethics violations".
Ed Timperlake, a former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs under the George H.W. Bush administration, dismissed such concerns, noting that Jackson's immediate experience will ultimately prove to be a boon for the VA.
President Trump shakes hands with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson after Friday's physical.
He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate after being nominated by President Trump and after having served as the Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Health from 2015 until 2017, during the Obama Administration.
Concerned Veterans for America, a Koch-backed group that has pushed for an aggressive expansion of veterans' health care into the private sector, said Wednesday that Shulkin "became a distraction from the important task of improving health care for our veterans". "I think it's safe to assume that President and Mr. Obama trusted him as well", Tubb said.
The White House chaos has at times been overshadowed by scandalous claims that Trump cheated on First Lady Melania with a porn star and a Playboy playmate in the early days of their marriage.
The inspector general's report also damaged Shulkin's standing, though he remained widely popular on Capitol Hill and retained the support of numerous nation's major veterans organizations.
Jackson is perhaps best known for defending Trump's health during a televised press briefing in January, amid heated questions about the president's weight and cognitive ability. During his confirmation hearing, Shulkin vowed to resist any privatization efforts, which had been a Trump campaign promise.
Justices struggle with partisan redistricting again
The Wisconsin challengers relied primarily on the equal protection clause, while this case focuses on the First Amendment. The 2020 census is drawing near, and the district lines for every legislative seat in the country will soon be redrawn.
Apple issues iOS 11.3 only for new 2018 sixth generation iPad
Apple is rolling out an update for iWork, its work productivity suite, for adults who want to use Apple Pencil on the new device. Aimed at the educational market, the new iPad comes with Augmented Reality features and apps like Classroom and Schoolwork.
Apple is fighting to take back the classroom from Google
Meanwhile, 60 percent of mobile computing shipments to schools ran Google's Chrome operating system, and 22 percent had Windows. The new iPad 2018 is powered by Apple's A10 Fusion chipset which has previously featured in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus .
Who Bit Beyoncé in the Face? Chrissy Teigen Has the Answer
The bitch is on drugs. "To me she is a Shero and a Great person I have learned so much from her in just a short amount of time ". Beyonce's representative Yvette Noel-Schure said: "I absolutely can not comment on any of this as I have no knowledge ".
It will be Mostly Cloudy today, Rain in Many Places
High pressure in control slides east through the day but brings plenty of sunshine for Easter egg hunts and outdoor fun. The weather pattern will remain active as well next week with some small snow chances from Monday through Wednesday .