Trump Actually Just Said Name-Calling Is a 'Disgrace'

Nerdcast: Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up

President Trump said the two spoke for more than an hour to help the President prepare for his meeting with the North Korean president. Mr. Trump said Tester - who faces a tough election in November in a state where Mr. Trump's approval rating is among the highest - "should resign".

The allegations were made public by Sen. "They're trying to destroy a man".

Jackson withdrew his nomination on Thursday after the allegations were reported.

The U.S. Secret Service, meanwhile, says it has no evidence to support an allegation that its personnel intervened to prevent Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.

The Secret Service statement went on to say, "Rear Admiral Jackson, in his role as the official White House Physician, has provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service, often miles from home and under hard travel conditions, in order to ensure our personnel are healthy and prepared to execute our critical mission". The doctor, who is well-liked by and has personal relationships with many White House staffers, cited the withering pressure for withdrawing from consideration for the post, but maintained he had done nothing wrong.

During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to fix the VA by bringing accountability and expanding access to private doctors, criticizing the department as "the most corrupt".

In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".

"What are we left to believe, that this man was a fantastic doctor worthy of being promoted in the Navy - an all-around great guy as long as he was the doctor to President Obama - but as soon as he became the doctor to Donald Trump, he was a bum, a heavy drinker?"

The White House medical unit that Jackson ran successfully passed regular controlled substance audits, according to the records for the last three years.

Before calling Jackson a hero, Trump said that it was a "disgrace" to see Jackson's record tarnished by "false accusations".

Late last week, aides to Tester received damaging information about Jackson's management of the White House medical office.

Tester defended the release of the allegations in a statement Thursday that did not directly refer to Trump's criticism. "It is my Constitutional responsibility to make sure the veterans of this nation get a strong, thoroughly vetted leader who will fight for them".

Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, urged the White House to take more time "to carefully select and vet a new nominee" who could head the Veterans Affairs Department.

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