Trump Weighs Firing Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

The current VA secretary, David Shulkin, is under fire for taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe previous year.

Trump met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday, and multiple outlets are reporting the president is considering Perry to replace Shulkin.

A source familiar with the White House discussions tells The Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a way to right the ship at the VA, believing Shulkin has become a distraction to the department's work. An armed guard reportedly stands outside his office, in part due to the upheaval and in part as a response to threats Shulkin received after the I.G. report was made public.

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The news comes amid a particularly tumultuous day in the Trump administration. At a signing ceremony for one of those bills in June, Mr. Trump said his secretary did not have to worry about hearing the president's old reality-show catchphrase, "You're fired". Engaged in an all-out cold war with senior staffers, Shulkin managed to avoid the axe following accusations that he misused taxpayer funds to bring his wife on a European vacation. The report found "serious derelictions" related to the trip and concluded that the secretary spent much of it sightseeing and improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets.

Shulkin told the newspaper that Kelly and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE supported the secretary removing staffers who didn't back him. The energy department did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the report, nor did the White House. The source was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.

Perry, a former governor of Texas, and Trump discussed veterans health issues, the people said.

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