Trump calls for Senator Jon Tester to resign over Ronny Jackson claims

Trump tweets: His reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester! after Democratic senator released damaging allegations about VA nominee

Donald Trump has called for the abdication of Jon Tester, the Democratic senator who released details of accusations against Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor who withdrew his nomination to be secretary of veterans affairs.

” Allegations make use of Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/ Doctor Ron Jackson are demonstrating false ,” the president tweeted.” The Secret Service is unable to confirm( in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign .”

Before playing golf in Virginia on Saturday morning, Trump added a shot is targeted at voters in Montana, where Tester will run for a third word in November against an as yet undecided Republican. The GOP primary, on 5 June, will feature one candidate who has hired an aide who lied about the assault of a Guardian reporterby congressman Greg Gianforte in 2017.

The Senate majority whip, John Cornyn, said on Thursday Tester had” poked the bear”, inviting Trump to intervene in a state he won by 20 phases in 2016. On Saturday morning Trump duly growled, writing:” The great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being.

” Admiral Jackson is the kind of human that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester !”

After his outing to his golf club in northern Virginia, Trump returned to the offensive, comparing the allegations against Jackson to the Russia investigation by special advise Robert Mueller.” Secret Service has just informed me that Senator Jon Tester’s statements on Admiral Jackson are not true ,” he wrote.” There were no such findings.

” A horrible thing that we in DC must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. Tester should lose race in Montana. Very dishonest and sick !”

Jackson’s nomination to run the sprawling VA came after he delivered a glowing endorsement of Trump’s health. His nomination instantly attracted criticism, dedicated his lack of relevant bureaucratic experience.

Tester is the ranking Democrat on the Senate veterans affairs committee, the panel which considered the nomination. Its term of office collected allegations of misconduct, which included a claim that Jackson” got drunk and wrecked a government vehicle” at a secret service party.

Democratic staff on the Senate committee also claimed the doctor doled out such a large render of a prescription opioids that his staffers panicked since they are guessed the narcotics were missing. They said their allegations were based on conversations with 23 of Jackson’s current and former colleagues at the White House medical unit.

Jackson has called the accusations” baseless and anonymous attacks” and” totally false and fabricated “.

In a statement on Saturday, Tester told:” 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 .”

An email from the senator’s office added:” President Trump has signed eight of Tester’s bills into statute to hold the[ Department of Veterans Affairs] accountable and be enhanced care and benefits for veterans .”

On Friday, the White House released records it said raised doubts concerning some of the most serious allegations. The records, including police reports, indicated Jackson was in three minor incidents in government vehicles in the last five years, but none involved alcohol and he was not found to be at fault.

The White House medical unit passed regular controlled substance audits, according to records for the last three years. The reviews did recommend improvements to the unit’s handled in controlled substance, but did not find misconduct.

The documents were the result of an internal White House review, encompassing recent years. Tester’s office has not specified the time frame in which the alleged misconduct resulted. Tester’s spokeswoman, Marnee Banks, told the AP the office would not commentary until it knew more about the White House records.

The secret service issued a statement on Thursday about allegations, reported by CNN, that during a foreign trip in 2015 Jackson drunkenly banged on the hotel room door of a female employee and secret service personnel intervened out of concern he would wake President obama. The secret service said it had find” no information that would indicate the accusation is accurate “.

On Thursday, Tester was more forthright than in his Saturday statement. In statements reported by Politico, he said:” If[ Trump] thinks it’s my job to sweep his stuff under the table and ignore our military folks, he’s wrong. If he thinks I should not be sticking up for veterans, he’s wrong. I look forward to working with President Trump. I’ve worked with him many times in the past, but we disagree .”

Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said:” Jon poked the bear. Did you insure the bear today? The bear was mad. If there was any doubt[ Trump] was coming to Montana[ to campaign against Tester] it was removed today. He overreached .”

Trump has defended Jackson strongly. At a press conference with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, the president told:” These were false accusations about a great man, about a human who has a son who’s a top student at Annapolis, about a human that’s devoted his life to this country, and to the military. A brave man. He would have been a great leader .”

Trump noted that he, Obama and former chairwoman George W Bush had all praised Jackson and said he had called him to say he was ” an American hero” because he had” exposed the organizations of the system for some horrible things “.

Trump said he was considering a number of potential VA picks, including” some very political people “.

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