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Donald Trump Levels Fury at Sen. Jon Tester for Smearing Ronny Jackson

Donald Trump Levels Fury at Sen. Jon Tester for Smearing Ronny Jackson

Jackson, 50, who has served as White House physician to three presidents, including Trump, withdrew from consideration for the Veterans Affairs post on Thursday, within 24 hours after the allegation surfaced. Jon Tester of Montana, the committee's ranking Democrat, for unfairly maligning Jackson and said voters in his state should make him pay a price.

Jackson has denied the accusations, calling them "baseless and anonymous attacks" on his character and integrity that are "completely false and fabricated". "They're trying to destroy a man".

But Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday, in part because of a flood of allegations, including that he drank on duty and once crashed a government vehicle.

Separately, the U.S. Secret Service said it had no records to back allegations that its personnel intervened to stop Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015. "Rear Admiral Jackson, in his role as the official White House Physician, has provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service, often miles from home and under hard travel conditions, in order to ensure our personnel are healthy and prepared to execute our critical mission", the statement continues.

CVA, which has its partisans among the political appointees at the White House and within the VA, also appeared more focused on Wilkie and choice than on the next nominee.

Trump called Jackson, the White House physician for three consecutive presidents, an "American hero" and "one of the finest men that I've met in the last long period of time".

The Secret Service said in a statement they had no record of any incident involving Jackson during his service as White House physician.

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It's the latest in a series of appointments and nominations that has opponents questioning US President Donald Trump's judgement. The White House asked for the past two and a half years of audits.

Trump's tweets say "the great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander" and that Jackson's reputation "for no reason whatsoever. has been shattered".

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

Then this week's unconfirmed allegations by current and former colleagues about drunkenness and improper prescribing of controlled substances, compiled and released by Democrats, made the nomination all but unsalvageable.

Tom Price, Trump's first secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned previous year after criticism of his use of private charter flights and military jets.

The main criticism of Jackson was that he lacked the managerial experience to head a department with more than 360,000 employes, 1,200 facilities and a budget of more than $200 billion, serving more than nine million vets annually.

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