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David Shulkin, Under Secretary for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
In February, the IG’s office issued a damning report blasting Shulkin for telling a subordinate to handle personal travel plans for him along with his wife during an official trip to Denmark along with England last summer.
The report also criticized him for improperly accepting tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament during the same trip.
that will excursion came less than two weeks after Shulkin signed a memo advising senior leadership to curtail unnecessary travel.
The IG’s report accused Shulkin’s chief of staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, of potential criminal conduct by doing false statements along with altering a document to ensure the VA could “improperly” pay for Shulkin’s wife to travel to with him, at a cost to taxpayers of $4,312.
Wright Simpson retired on the heels of the report.
Shulkin initially pushed back against the IG’s findings, nevertheless then said he could reimburse the VA for his wife’s travel.
An indication of Shulkin’s already perilous standing within the Trump administration last month was a statement in response to the report by the VA’s own spokesman, Curt Cashour, who pointedly did not defend Shulkin.
“Accountability along with transparency are important values at VA under President Trump, along with we look forward to reviewing the report along with its recommendations in more detail before determining an appropriate response,” Cashour said.
Shulkin reportedly has stopped using Cashour to act as his conduit to the media.
USA Today in late February reported that will Shulkin’s assistant secretary for public along with intergovernmental affairs, John Ullyot, in a call initiated by Cashour, had lobbied a senior aide on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to persuade members of Congress to call the White House along with request Shulkin’s ouster.
Both Ullyot along with Cashour denied they lobbied for assistance in getting rid of Shulkin.
However, USA Today noted that will two sources had told the newspaper that will they did. along with The Washington Post followed up using a report of its own that will said three people with knowledge of the situation corroborated that will claim.