When Donald Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, walked to the White House press podium and said that the president weighed 239 pounds and grew an inch at some point, many laughed. Why? Because neither fell within the truth realm. Now, the doctor is in far bigger trouble.
The miracle man sitting in the Oval Office, the unbelievably svelte president who somehow grew that inch, was pleased with Jackson’s performance. So much so that he nominated him to head up the Veteran’s Administration, the largest agency within the entire government.
Clearly, the good doctor was ill-suited for such a big job, and as it turned out, he was ill-suited for his job as the White House physician. Unfortunately, Trump did not do the man any favors when he shone a spotlight upon a person with more than one problem.
The inspector general (IG) for the Defense Department has begun an investigation into Jackson. Spokesperson for the IG’s office, Bruce Anderson, released a one-line statement about Jackson, CBS News reported:
‘The DoD (Department of Defense) Office of Inspector General has initiated an investigation into allegations related to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Ronny L. Jackson.’
CBS News’ David Martin reported that this case was referred to the IG. After that referral, the IG determined that there was enough evidence in that referral to warrant an investigation.
Unproven allegations about Jackson caused the doctor to withdraw his nomination, although he did not have the depth nor the breadth of experience for such a complex and important position anyway. According to a person close to the situation, those allegations included:
‘(Running a) hostile work environment, excessive drinking on the job, (and) improperly dispensing meds.’
The man who was Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert Wilkie, was then named to the position.
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