Shulkin After Firing: ‘It Should Not Be This Hard To Serve Your Country’

The president announced that he would nominate Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, his personal physician, to replace David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs secretary. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

David Shulkin on Wednesday penned an op-ed following his ouster as Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary, railing against the “toxic” and “chaotic” environment in Washington and describing a “brutal power struggle” at the VA.

“As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country,” he wrote in the piece published in The New York Times.

“In recent months, though, the environment in Washington has turned so toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive that it became impossible for me to accomplish the important work that our veterans need and deserve,” he wrote.

Read more at The Hill.



  1. Trump made TERRIBLE CHOICES when he first put together his cabinet and now he must reconstruct it all, playing into the hands of a gleeful media who couldn’t be happier at this chaos.

  2. He had plenty of time to do his work. Don’t blame Washington for giving veterans the care that they deserve. Good riddance.

  3. This guy took a European vacation on the taxpayers dime. Anyone that’s caught stealing from the taxpayers, should be fired.


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