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Trump After Dark: Shulk it Off edition

After weeks of speculation, President Donald Trump is ousting his Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, and replacing him with White House physician Ronny Jackson.

It’s another significant shakeup of Trump’s Cabinet, albeit one that he’s telegraphed, POLITICO’s Arthur Allen and Matthew Nussbaum report.

“Shulkin’s exit was expected, though the timing was not known, after he antagonized the White House with a scandal over a taxpayer-financed trip to Europe last summer and engaged in open warfare with conservatives in his agency.”

Shulkin’s ouster comes after weeks of negative press — and private musings from Trump. He joins a list of recently departed top-level aides that now includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

In his replacement, Trump has selected a well-regarded doctor but someone with little to no experience running a bureaucracy, but who drew attention last year for assuaging concerns about Trump’s health.

“Jackson received his medical degree in 1995 and began his active duty naval service the same year, the White House said. He deployed with Marines to Iraq in 2005 as an emergency medicine physician with a Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon. He has served as White House physician under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump.”

 

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