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David Shulkin, the Under Secretary of Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump picked David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs


President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will nominate David Shulkin for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 

Shulkin currently serves as the under secretary for health at the VA, running the Veterans Health Administration. He was nominated for that position by President Obama in March 2015. 

Previously, Shulkin served as the president and CEP of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and served as chief medical officer at several other hospitals.

During his news conference, Trump said Shulkin is "fantastic." 

"He will do a truly great job. One of the commitments i've made is that we're going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans," Trump added.

Some veterans healthcare advocates had hoped Trump would keep current VA secretary Robert McDonald. 

Trump has now nominated 20 out of 21 Cabinet posts. 


In a press release, Trump said he has "no doubt Dr. Shulkin will be able to lead the turnaround our Department of Veterans Affairs needs." 

In the same release, Shulkin said "President-elect Trump's commitment to caring for our veterans is unquestionable, and he is eager to support the best practices for care and provide our our Veterans Affairs' team with the resources they need to improve health outcomes." 

Shulkin added that he and Trump are both eager to begin reforming the VA. 

Here's the press release announcing Shulkin's nomination. 

Some veterans groups were disappointed by the decision to keep on a current VA official. 

Some hoped that Pete Hegseth, former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, would get the post.

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