Trump Sets Stage For Ronny Jackson To Drop Out: ‘If I Were Him, I Wouldn’t Do It’

During his joint news conference Tuesday, the president indicated his embattled VA secretary nominee should probably call it quits

In the wake of reports that President Donald Trump’s nominee to be VA secretary, White House physician Ronny Jackson, is facing allegations that he oversaw a hostile work environment, overprescribed medication and drank too much on the job, the president said he stood by Jackson. But also gave Jackson an out to step aside.

During a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, the president was asked about the claims against Jackson and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs postponement of a hearing to consider Jackson’s nomination as the committee investigates the allegations.

“If I were him, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump declared. “What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country? I don’t think he should do it but I would stand behind him.”

After complaining that Democrats were obstructionists while calling Jackson a “high-quality person,” the president said he “will always stand behind him.” Trump also addressed concerns that Jackson isn’t qualified to run the VA, describing Jackson as a “leader and a good man.”

Amazingly, Trump also said “I’s love to be him” when referring to Jackson potentially dropping out. I think we can see where the president’s mindset is right now.

Meanwhile, Jackson has told reporters that he wants to move forward with the confirmation process, adding that the president won’t ask him to withdraw.

No. But the president will certainly hint that you should, Ronny.

Watch Trump’s response below:

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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