Shulkin Out as VA Secretary; Trump Names New Nominee

US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin
US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA David J. Shulkin / Getty Images

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Thursday that he is nominating Admiral Ronny L. Jackson as his new secretary of Veterans Affairs, thus ousting David Shulkin from the position.

Jackson served as the physician to both Presidents Obama and Trump, and he was also a physician in the Bush White House. Shulkin has faced controversy over expensive trips he took with his wife on the department's dime, and it had been reported that Trump was considering a change.

Trump thanked Shulkin for his service and named the Defense Department's Robert Wilkie to serve as acting secretary.

Jackson's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and more.

Shulkin previously served as undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Health during the Obama administration and was confirmed to lead the VA with a 100-0 vote.