Here are updates on two people that President Trump has picked to become new secretaries for the State Department and Veterans Affairs. Both have faced roadblocks.
The first is the pick for VA, Rear Admiral and doctor Ronny Jackson, is the White House doctor.
Senators on the VA Committee said they have received concerns and allegations that Jackson behaved improperly through his career and doesn’t have enough experience. Now his confirmation hearing seems to be delayed. There is no information on what the allegations are.
Today reporters asked Trump about this. He said he has not heard what the allegations were. He said Ronny was treated unfairly by the press and Democrats, and that Ronny would make a decision to drop out or to continue pursuing the position. He said if it was him, he would drop out.
Now the second person is the pick for Sec. of State, Mike Pompeo, who is the CIA Director. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was divided on whether they supported him or not, but Sen. Rand Paul (R, Ky) announced he would support him, which gives Pompeo a clear path forward.
Pompeo has enough support from the full Senate to be confirmed.
Paul’s concerns was that Pompeo would not support Trump’s pledge to pull troops out of Afghanistan and wanted to make sure that Pompeo agreed with Trump that the Iraq war was a mistake.
Paul said Pompeo told him he agrees with Trump on the two issues, so he will support his nomination.