Vice President Mike Pence’s physician resigned today in an act supposedly related to Ronny Jackson’s failed nomination to the V.A. Jackson, who served as the President’ Trump’s physician, removed his name from the consideration for head of the V.A. after a number of allegations regarding disorderly conduct were leaked to the press.
The allegations range from instances of drunken behavior, on duty to overprescribing medication, to drunkenly banging on the door of a female colleague during the night.
While staff members of the Trump and Obama administrations have stated that they received excellent personal care from Jackson, it appears that most of the allegations stem from his time leading the White House Medical Corps, and his treatment of subordinates.
The allegations were leaked by Democratic Senator Jon Tester who is the ranking minority member of the Veterans Affairs committee. “If you are drunk and something happens with the president, it’s very difficult to go in and treat the president,” Tester told CNN. “That’s what multiple people told us this was the case on several different trips.”
Mike Pence’s physician, Jennifer Pena, is allegedly one of the women that leveled the allegations at Jackson. She left without commenting on the role she may have played in sinking Jackson’s nomination.
“The Vice President’s office was informed today by the White House Medical Unit of the resignation. Physicians assigned to the Vice President report to the White House Medical Unit and thus any resignation would go entirely through the Medical Unit, not the Vice President’s office,” a White House press aide said in a statement.
“Secret Service has just informed me that Senator Jon Tester’s statements on Admiral Jackson are not true. There were no such findings. A horrible thing that we in D.C. must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. Tester should lose race in Montana. Very dishonest and sick!,” Trump Tweeted after learning of Tester’s role in the proceedings.
The White House has claimed that internal reports have contradicted some of the allegations Tester amassed, but they have failed to identify which allegations and for what reasons.
Even before the allegations against Jackson arose, he was widely seen as unqualified for the role. ‘The VA is a difficult place to manage, regardless of what your background experience is. I want to know more about how he believes that he’s capable of fulfilling those responsibilities, and I have a wide array of questions in regard to his experience and background,” Republican Senator Jerry Moran said in an interview.