Mike Coffman encouraged by reports that Trump might fire embattled VA secretary

Mike Coffman encouraged by reports that Trump might fire embattled VA secretary

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.

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.

Coffman initially called for Shulkin to resign in February after the report was made public.

Last month, Missal issued a scathing report charging that Shulkin wrongly charged the $4,132 airfare for his wife on a trip to Denmark and London last July, and also accepted free tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Axios recently reported the President has been growing frustrated with him.

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Shulkin has butted heads with Trump appointees at the V.A. from the outset, but the conflict came to a head after an inspector general's report found "serious derelictions" in the way Shulkin's office had handled a trip to Europe, among them allegedly doctoring e-mails to allow the V.A. head to justify bringing his wife along.

The secretary appeared to be regaining his footing.

Shulkin began publicly complaining that people were colluding to push him out, including political appointees at the VA and White House, as well as operatives with Concerned Veterans for America, part of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch's network. Unlike Dr. Shulkin, who had run the department's health care system under President Barack Obama and spent a career in hospital administration, Mr. Perry has no background in health care delivery, but as Texas' governor, he showed a willingness to experiment.

Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday.

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