Here at The Political Insider, we dubbed yesterday “Bloody Tuesday” as President Trump went on a big staff purge, ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Under Secretary Steve Goldstein, and even his personal assistant John McEntee.
Rumors have been swirling around for months that Tillerson was on the chopping block, so Trump’s decision to go through with the high-profile firing wasn’t surprising. But the subsequent dismissing of Tillerson’s right-hand man came as a shock. As did relieving McEntee of his position.
Now, there are reports that Trump isn’t done. This week, he’s planning another Cabinet shakeup, this time replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with current Secretary of the Department of Energy Rick Perry.
Daily Mail has the full story:
President Donald Trump is considering firing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replacing him with Energy Secretary Rick Perry – hours after terminating Rex Tillerson by Twitter on Tuesday morning.
A source familiar with the White House discussions tells The Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a way to right the ship at the VA, believing Shulkin has become a distraction to the department’s work.
The source was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
Replacing Shulkin has become a necessity at this point. Under Obama, the VA was revealed to be in shambles, suffering from poor oversight and little accountability for incompetent employees. One of the biggest planks of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was fixing up the VA, and ensuring that our veterans, many of whom are still scarred and wounded from fighting overseas, get the adequate care they deserve.
Shulkin has so far failed at that job. It doesn’t help matters that Shulkin has been embroiled in scandal, namely using taxpayer dollars to bring his wife on a European vacation. Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike have called on the VA Secretary to resign.
Trump reportedly had lunch with Perry at the White House on Tuesday, but there was no confirmation of a job offer. But with President Trump, moves happen fast, at the speed of his own mouth or tweets sometimes. Keep an eye out for another big White House realignment coming sometime later this week.
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