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Trump says Jon Tester "should resign" over Ronny Jackson saga

Trump says Jon Tester

He claims they are the work of Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate's Veterans Affairs committee.

Trump said Thursday that Tester will have a "big price to pay" for his part in working to sink Jackson's nomination.

Jackson had been President Trump's nominee to be secretary of Veterans Affairs until he pulled out of consideration on Thursday. The White House says the records, covering recent years, disprove the allegations.

Dr. Jackson insisted that the allegations against him were false, but said he was withdrawing due to the distraction they were causing.

"He's a fearless man, would have been a great leader", Trump said, adding that he spoke with Jackson on Friday morning and told him he was an "American hero".

Raj Shah, a deputy White House press secretary, said Friday that after Mr. Tester's accusations, officials searched all of the government databases that contain records of accidents involving government vehicles, including at the General Services Administration.

Jackson withdrew his nomination following several reports from congressional Democrats alleging that Jackson drank excessively on the job, was lax in handing out prescriptions for sleeping aids and mistreated his employees.

A document of testimony from current and past colleagues released by Democratic lawmakers included the allegation that the White House physician once "wrecked a government vehicle" after he got drunk at a Secret Service going-away party.

Trump blasted Tester for "nicknames" like the Candyman, a reference to allegations Jackson liberally handed out Ambien to staffers on planes.

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The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".

The Secret Service also challenged a CNN report that said Jackson had to be stopped by agents during an overseas trip for banging on a White House staffer's hotel room door, over concerns that the noise might disturb then-President Barack Obama.

The Secret Service says it has conducted a "thorough review" of internal documents related to Obama's foreign trips in 2015 and interviewed people who were present.

The White House medical unit that Jackson ran successfully passed regular controlled substance audits, according to the records for the last three years.

He continued: "To make statements of things most people said never happened, never even happened, calling him names, was to me a disgrace".

Trump nominated Jackson to be VA secretary on March 28 after firing former VA Secretary David Shulkin.

Tester will face one of several Republicans vying to face him in November, including former State Rep. Russell Fagg of Billings, businessman Troy Downing, State Sen.


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