May 18, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump taps acting secretary Robert Wilkie to lead Veterans Affairs

Robert Wilke

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President Trump announced Friday that he will be nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to officially lead the agency.

Timing: The announcement comes nearly one month after Dr. Ronny Jackson announced he was withdrawing his nomination following allegations of alcohol abuse and overprescription of medication.

The curveball: Trump said Acting VA Sec. Wilkie did not know about his announcement and that he was sorry to ruin the surprise.

The VA's latest: The VA just awarded a $10 billion contract to Cerner to upgrade the VA's electronic health records system, Axios' Bob Herman reports.

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