President Trump Calls For Tester's Resignation Over Admiral Jackson

White House doctor withdraws as VA secretary nominee

Trump Escalates Defense of Withdrawn Nominee, Calls for Senator to Resign

Trump called the claims "phony Democrat charges" and said Jackson's reputation had been "shattered" because of them.

"Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing - how we give the best care to our nation's heroes", Jackson said in a statement released by the White House on Thursday morning.

Senator Tester represents Montana, and faces an election race this year in a state that saw a resounding victory for Donald Trump over Clinton.

"The. great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being".

But Jackson, nominated by President Donald Trump, had pledged to be a true reformer at the VA - in contrast to those who have made similar, hollow pledges in the past.

The Republican president, during the event which lasted over an hour, slammed Democratic senators Jon Tester and Debbie Stabenow, the latter being the local one, who are seeing re-election in 2018.

Then, he threatened: "Well I know things about Tester that I could say too".

In many ways, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, Trump's choice to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, fit Trump's list - until the doctor pulled his name from consideration Thursday after enduring a torrent of ugly, if unsubtantiated, allegations, which he denied.

Tester is responding to Trump's assertion that Tester "ought to resign" after going public with allegations that prompted White Home doctor. "Tester for doing his job and looking out for their interests", the aide said, highlighting an article in the Missoula Current that said Tester has the support of some Montana veterans.

"All I can tell you is we didn't initiate this discussion", Sen.

And an inspector general's report on the White House Medical Office in 2012 found a hostile workplace.

Three minor accidents - collisions in 2013, 2016 and 2017 - all happened during the daytime and Jackson was not determined to be at fault, according to documents the White House reviewed.

A watchdog report requested in 2012 and reviewed by the AP found that Jackson and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviours" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit.

Another claim said that during an overseas trip in 2015 he drunkenly banged on the hotel room door of a female employee so loudly that the Secret Service intervened to prevent him from waking former President Obama.

Trump says during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Jackson is "a great doctor" and "a great admiral" and says he thinks the allegations are "an absolute disgrace".

After examining Trump earlier this year, Jackson proclaimed him to be in "excellent" health and said he had "incredibly good genes". The president even acknowledged that "Dr. Ronny", as he calls him, had an "experience problem".

Instead, he will likely bask in the enthusiasm of a suburban MI crowd, a conservative leaning section of the country that helped propel him to the presidency.

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