Trump tweet: “Tester should resign”

Posted at 11:57 AM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 13:57:14-04

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump called on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to resign Saturday morning saying allegations against the President’s nominee for VA Secretary are proving false.

Trump called for Tester’s resignation in a two-part tweet.

Earlier in the week the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee, whose job it is to vet VA nominees, put a scheduled hearing with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson’s on hold indefinitely.

Tester, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said nearly two dozen current and former colleagues of Jackson had come forward accusing the doctor of misconduct.

Tester’s office released a broad summary of the allegations, they include accusations that Jackson overprescribed or improperly prescribed medication, drank on the job, and created a hostile working environment.

Jackson and President Trump have called the allegations false. And the U.S. Secret Service went as far as issuing a news release refuting one of the accusations.

The agency says it has no record of an alleged 2015 incident that claimed agents had to intervene during a foreign trip to keep Jackson from disturbing former president Barack Obama.

Doctor Jackson withdrew from the nomination Thursday saying, “these false allegations had become a distraction for the President.”

The allegations against Jackson, however, were not the only concern. Other senators, including some Republicans, had expressed concerns that Jackson lacked the necessary experience to lead an agency as large as the Department of Veteran’s affairs.

Senator Jon Tester responded with a statement that said, “It’s my duty to make sure Montana veterans get what they need and have earned, and I’ll never stop fighting for them as their Senator."