Election 2016

Trump Maintains Status Quo at the VA

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Despot-elect Donald Trump spent most of the past two years painting the Department of Veterans Affairs as an unmitigated disaster, but this morning he committed to maintaining the status quo.

During his dumpster fire of a press conference, Trump announced that he has nominated David Shulkin.

"And by the way, speaking of veterans, I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin," Trump said during a wide-ranging press conference, adding, "He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job." [...]

Prior to being nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in June 2015, Shulkin served as president of Morristown Medical Center, Gorybe Children's Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization.

That's right, Trump has nominated an Obama alumni who's been with the supposedly scandal-ridden, disastrous department for nearly two years.

I don't see this as a sign that Trump necessarily has confidence in an Obama appointee or that he believes the department's problems have been resolved. In fact, Trump probably couldn't even tell you what challenges the department faces.

I see it as a sign that he never really cared one way or the other to begin with. Veterans are just another campaign prop for him and most of the GOP.

  • muselet

    I half-expected Donald Trump to nominate Robert Remus (better known as the professional wrestler “Sgt. Slaughter”). That would have been more in keeping with Trump’s style of surrounding himself with people who are completely out of their depth.

    Amazingly, he nominated someone who is qualified, competent and experienced. Could it be that Trump is the blind pig who finally found an acorn?


    • I think it’s because he’s tired of nominating people and just got lazy.

      • muselet

        Yeah, that’s more likely.


  • Badgerite

    Beats Sarah Palin.

  • Aynwrong

    The VA was always a political football to the GOP. Never more so than with Trump.