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Politics Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief

00:21  14 march  2018
00:21  14 march  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

White House still reviewing IG report on VA secretary

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a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, during a cabinet meeting at the White House this month. © Doug Mills/The New York Times David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, during a cabinet meeting at the White House this month.

WASHINGTON — President Trump, fresh off replacing his secretary of state and C.I.A. director, is considering firing his secretary of veterans affairs and installing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the post, according to two people close to the White House.

Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday. But the people said the president has grown impatient with the department’s current secretary, David Shulkin, and may want to replace him with someone already in his cabinet.

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It was unclear if Mr. Perry, who was an Air Force pilot before entering politics, would accept the change in position if Mr. Trump offered it, or if Mr. Trump had a successor in mind to lead the Energy Department.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did Dr. Shulkin.

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Rick Perry et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Rick Perry, the energy secretary, at the White House on Monday. © Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Rick Perry, the energy secretary, at the White House on Monday.

Trump eyes ‘Fox & Friends’ personality Pete Hegseth to take over Veterans Affairs .
The potential move comes as the current VA secretary, David Shulkin, has fallen from favor with the president.Hegseth, 37, is co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” a platform he has used to push his vision of a health-care system with a drastically smaller government footprint and a larger share of private care. He has railed against Shulkin and members of Congress in both political parties for their moderate approach to offering veterans access to private doctors.

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