21.04.2018
Sorry—Trump's unvetted pick to head Veterans Affairs doesn't have the chops for it

Sorry—Trump's unvetted pick to head Veterans Affairs doesn't have the chops for it

Just because Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson told Donald Trump what he wanted to hear about his height, weight and cognitive abilities, it doesn't make him qualified to head Veteran Affairs, the job he has now been tapped to do. The Washington Post writes:

Jackson is a career naval officer who was an emergency trauma doctor in Iraq before spending the past 12 years as a White House physician. But his résumé lacks the type of management experience usually expected from the leader of an agency that employs 360,000 people, has a $186 billion annual budget and is dedicated to serving the complex needs of the country’s veterans.

“It’s great that he served in Iraq and he’s our generation. But it doesn’t appear that he’s had assignments that suggest he could take on the magnitude of this job, and this makes Jackson a ­surprising pick,” said Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

It seems that Jackson agrees with that assessment himself.

After aides gauged his interest in recent days, he hesitated to take on such a big job.

But Trump liked him ever so much, so forget about the vetting process.

...the president continued to push and told his senior staff Monday that the doctor was his top choice. A senior White House official described an informal interview process, without the extensive vetting that typically accompanies a Cabinet selection.