Pelosi Statement on Trump’s Cronyism at VA

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on reports that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago friends are secretly dictating policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs:

“Veterans and military families were shocked and outraged to hear that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is being run by three Trump cronies with no U.S. military experience, and whose only qualification seem to be that they are dues-paying members of Mar-a-Lago.

“The poisonous Trump culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence is finally coming to light at VA, threatening the health and futures of millions of veterans, caregivers and their families.  Whether or not the President likes it, the Department of Veterans Affairs is an indispensable and cherished guardian of our veterans’ health care and benefits, not a second branch of Mar-a-Lago.

“The top Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota – the highest-ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress – has opened an investigation into the allegations.   His investigation is essential in determining the depth and scope of this scandal.  Both his investigation and request to VA Secretary Wilkie must have the full, unfettered support of the Congress and the Administration.

“At this critical moment of transition, VA faces cynical, devastating assaults on every side, from a total lack of agency leadership, to the Koch Brothers and Cohen Veterans Network privatization campaigns and the massive, looming GOP-created funding crisis at VA.  Democrats will continue to fight for better health care for our veterans, and to defend VA’s mission as the chief coordinator, provider and advocate for our men and women who served and their families.

“We must clean up corruption to make Washington work for our heroic veterans.  Just as the military leaves no one behind on the battlefield, we must leave no veteran behind at home.”


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