Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman under President Barack Obama who was served by Jackson, described the doctor as "the guy you always want to be around" because he's affable and amusing.
White House Doctor, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, will replace Shulkin as head of the VA.
Shulkin said he was frustrated with the climate in Washington, DC, calling it "toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive".
Shulkin said after the release of the inspector general's report that he would comply with its recommendations, including reimbursing the government for his wife's $4,312 airfare and paying his friend for the Wimbledon tickets.
VA is now working to build a contract with Cerner that encourages the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards to enable interoperability with the private sector.
An internal investigation of the Department of Veterans, initiated after a journalistic revelation, concluded that the secretary committed "serious negligence" during a trip he made in 2017 to the United Kingdom and Denmark.
"There was nothing improper about this trip, and I was not allowed to put up an official statement or to even respond to this by the White House".
As many of you know, I am a physician, not a politician. In 2005, he joined the 2nd Marines, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the emergency medicine physician in charge of resuscitative medicine for a Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon, according to the White House.
But a major veterans' organization anxious about whether Jackson had the experience to run the huge department. The agency at the time was reeling from public outrage over mismanagement and allegations that veterans were dying while waiting for care.
Trump said he appreciated Shulkin's work, including passage of the VA Accountability Act."He has been a great supporter of veterans across the country and I am grateful for his service", Trump said in a statement.
In particular, Chenelly questioned whether it is appropriate for an active duty military officer to run a federal agency like the VA, while noting that Jackson's official biography does not seem to contain any indication that he's held a command and therefore may not be fully prepared to lead such a massive bureaucracy.
After more than a month of rumored agency infighting and Shulkin falling out of Trump's graces, Shulkin has finally broken his silence and is using this platform to speak out about what he sees as those "putting their personal agendas in front of the well-being of our veterans". The Veterans Health Administration, the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, provides care at more than 1,200 facilities, including 170 VA Medical Centers, to more than 9 million veterans.