Jackson has given no indication that he will take himself out of consideration for the VA job. The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, said Jackson denied the allegations. He ripped the Trump administration for doing a poor job of vetting their nominee.
A senior White House official told CNN on Tuesday that some aides believe Jackson is being "railroaded" by false claims created to sink his nomination to replace David Shulkin, the VA secretary Trump ousted last month.
"He's in it to win it".
But Jackson later met with Trump and told him he was not ending his bid to head the department that oversees health care for 13 million USA veterans and has 377,000 employees. He's a high-quality person.
"The fact is I wouldn't do it", Trump said.
"He's a highly qualified individual", she continued.
"I said to Dr. Jackson, what do you need it for?"
Sanders said the White House still was working with lawmakers to reschedule a confirmation hearing they delayed Tuesday. But he seemed chipper when he left the White House, telling reporters he looks "forward to talking to you guys over the next couple of days".
"We're all in wait-and-see mode right now", the aide said. We see this corroborated by a number of people.
Amid the allegations, Jackson's confirmation hearing originally set for Wednesday was postponed.
White House officials have framed the allegations as the result of bad will of a disgruntled former colleague of Jackson's.
The White House is defending Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson, insisting the longtime White House doctor has been more thoroughly vetted than most nominees. A former George W. Bush official told The Washington Post's David Nakamura that prescription drugs on foreign trips were "very common", and that the portrayal of Jackson's M.O. was "out of whack". A 2012 report by the Navy's Medical Inspector General accused him of exhibiting "unprofessional behaviors" amid a power struggle over the White House medical unit. According to the Times, Cornyn said it was not a problem that Jackson distributed such drugs as he was a doctor.
Kelly's office did not respond to a CNN request for comment.
The embattled nominee tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs was known as "the candy man" inside the White House, Sen.
Gidley said the FBI background investigation into Jackson "was clean and there are no issues in the background check whatsoever".
White House sources defended Jackson's formal vetting process.
"This is, as the president said, Dr. Jackson's decision", Shah said.
Lawmakers are still seeking additional information about Jackson as they consider whether to move forward on his nomination.
Jackson was described as, among other things, being "flat-out unethical", according to the Democrats' summary.
"I have no idea where that is coming from", Jackson said at the White House. Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness at the Department of Defense, is serving as acting secretary of the VA until Jackson - or an alternative candidate - is confirmed.
Sanders said they were having a "debrief" on the meetings on the Hill.
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