WASHINGTON – The White House is responding to former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin for claiming he was fired from his job and was only informed about it shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted about his replacement.
The Trump administration says that it left its work voluntarily in the middle of an ethical scandal and a growing rebellion within the agency. The semantics of whether Shulkin resigned or was fired could be relevant to Trump's ability to appoint an interim secretary to temporarily take his place.
On Sunday, disgusted by Shulkin's public statements blaming his overthrow of unjust "political forces" in the Trump administration, the White House distributed a memorandum of "points of discussion" to some groups of veterans in an attempt to discredit him. .
Shulkin maintains that he never submitted a letter of resignation.
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