Trump Expected to Fire Another Cabinet Secretary

  • Trump Expected to Fire Another Cabinet Secretary

Trump Expected to Fire Another Cabinet Secretary

Russian Federation concedes "dozens" of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE to the White House last week and told him to stop creating drama in his agency, Axios reported Sunday.

President Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a White House photo-op in January.

The current VA secretary, David Shulkin, is under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe a year ago.

Meanwhile, Shulkin reportedly believes that Trump appointees within the department have been conspiring against him and embarked on a campaign to purge the VA of disloyal employees. The report found "serious derelictions" related to the trip and concluded that the secretary spent much of it sightseeing and improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets.

Though their accounts are largely unconfirmed, these employees claim they are "being forced out and made to suffer" and that Shulkin was "responsible for the mismanagement".

President Donald Trump is considering installing Energy Secretary Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, following an expected firing of current Secretary David Shulkin, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

If Mr. Trump were to make the move, possible replacements for Mr. Perry could include Ray Washburne, a Dallas entrepreneur and prominent Republican fund-raiser; J. Larry Nichols, the former chairman of Devon Energy; and T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman, according to people who work closely with senior officials at the department and the White House.

Following an outbreak of negative press coverage, Shulkin hired additional lawyers and an outside public-relations firm to fend off reports of internal quibbles and to help with the fallout.

The news comes amid a particularly tumultuous day in the Trump administration.

Shulkin also is bracing for an upcoming VA watchdog report, due for release by summer that focuses in part on whether he used his 24-7 security detail for personal errands.