Ronny Jackson still on staff, White House says

Ronny Jackson still on staff, White House says

White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as President Donald Trump's personal physician, Politico reports, citing two senior administration officials.

Trump stepped up his criticism of Montana's Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Committee, in two tweets days after asserting that Tester "has to have a big price to pay" politically in the GOP friendly state for his leading role in Ronny Jackson's failed VA bid.

The charges against Jackson raised questions about his prescribing practices and leadership ability, including accusations of drunkenness on the job.

President Trump had nominated Dr. Jackson in March for advancement to a two-star admiral.

The Jackson episode dovetailed with Tester's prior campaign theme of fighting for veterans and an effective VA department, but clashed with his parallel message of working with Trump to get bills signed into law.

"Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered".

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"Tester started throwing out things that he's heard", Trump said at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, on Saturday night.

"He may have somebody in mind, but I know that an official nominee is not imminent", said the senior White House official.

Trump said during his recent Fox & Friends phone interview that he was already looking at someone with "political capabilities" for the position, though he declined to specifically identify anyone. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the committee considering Jackson's nomination.

The White House continually defended Jackson as his nomination cratered on Capitol Hill this week.

The president also wrote that "Tester's statements on Admiral Jackson" were as baseless as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election - a probe he derided as "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!" earlier this month. The Secret Service disputed the allegations of door-banging and the White House, according to the Washington Post, said officials reviewed Jackson's vehicle records and found "three minor incidents" but "no evidence" that Jackson had wrecked a auto. Tester's staff has yet to release documentation supporting the accusations, and a Secret Service statement on Friday said the agency had found no evidence to support one of the specific allegations.

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