The republican President Donald Trump loves to act on his gut which has backfired time and time again, but he continues down this path. Is there even a procedure in place to properly vet applicants for an important job like the head of the Veterans Administration organization? For this post, the president picked the very photogenic medical Read Admiral Ronny Jackson who had performed his last physical medical exam.
Of course, it helped that the rear admiral was willing to write a “fake news” report about the president being in excellent health with a weight of only 239 lbs.
As per a January 18, 2018 Independent report, “Doctors have expressed concerns about the condition of Donald Trump’s heart, contradicting the White House physician who said the US President was in “excellent” cardiac health.”
“White House doctor Dr Ronny L Jackson gave the positive medical assessment of Mr Trump despite his LDL cholesterol level being 143, well above the ideal score of 100 or less.”
“Cardiologists said Mr Trump was at risk of having a stroke or a heart attack, particularly since he is overweight and has a sedentary lifestyle. He should work to dramatically lower his LDL level to below 100 or even 70.”
“Dr David Maron, director of preventive cardiology at Stanford University’s medical school, told The New York Times Mr Trump’s LDL level was surprising, since he was on powerful cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor.”
“He said describing a man with such levels as in “excellent health” was “completely contradicted”.
“Other doctors also disputed the White House physician’s assessment of the President’s health. CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta said coronary calcium CT scans carried out on the President showed he had a common form of heart disease.”
“The levels of calcium-containing plaque in the blood vessels that feed Mr Trump’s heart had increased since 2009, Dr Gupta said.”
“In 2009 his coronary calcium score was 34. In 2013, it was 98. The score on his most recent medical assessment was 133. Anything over 100 “means he has heart disease,” Dr Gupta said.”
Here is the rest of the story…
On April 24, 2018, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump all but kills Ronny Jackson’s VA nomination with one final spectacle”
“Ronny L. Jackson’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared to be nearing an unceremonious end Tuesday afternoon. But not before President Trump decided to make a spectacle out of it.”
Appearing at a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump repeatedly said he had asked Jackson, in light of serious new allegations against him, why he even wanted to go through with the whole thing. The pretty clear subtext: “Please withdraw.”
“I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, I said, ‘What do you need this for?’ ” Trump said.
He added later: “What do you need it for? … I don’t want to put a man through a process like this that is too ugly and too disgusting.”
And: “I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians?”
And: “If I were him, I wouldn’t do it.”
Curiously, despite imploring his pick to reconsider whether this was worth his time, Trump also insisted he hadn’t even reviewed the New York Times report involving an allegedly hostile work environment under Jackson, drinking on the job and over-prescription of drugs.
Link to entire report: Trump all but kills Ronny Jackson’s VA nomination with one final spectacle
On April 24, 2018, Chris Cillizza of CNN penned the following report, “The Ronny Jackson debacle is entirely and completely predictable”
“When President Donald Trump named White House physician Ronny Jackson as his choice to be the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, it caught lots of people — inside and outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — by surprise.”