VA Secretary David Shulkin Just Fired ON TWITTER, And His Replacement Will Surprise You…

Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he will nominate White House physician Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs. Jackson will replace the current VA secretary, David Shulkin.

Trump wrote, “I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs….In the interim, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD will serve as Acting Secretary. I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!”

Shulkin, the only holdover in Trump’s Cabinet from former President Obama’s administration, had been in the hot seat for months, though the White House as recently as Monday said Trump retained confidence in the secretary.

The statement of confidence came in response to reports that Trump was telling associates that Shulkin was on the way out.

The VA secretary initially appeared to be the least controversial of Trump’s Cabinet members. Shulkin was confirmed unanimously and appeared frequently in the White House briefing room during Trump’s first year to tout accomplishments.

Trump said in June that he’ll “never have to use” his reality show catchphrase, “You’re fired,” on Shulkin.

Feelings on Shulkin began to sour in February when the VA’s inspector general released a report on a trip to Europe last summer that found Shulkin spent most of the time sightseeing rather than conducting official business and improperly accepted tickets to a Wimbledon tennis match.

It also said a top aide, who has since resigned, altered an email to gain approval to use taxpayer money to pay for Shulkin’s wife to accompany him on the trip.

After the report’s release, Shulkin said he would reimburse the government for his wife’s travel and the Wimbledon tickets.

Dr. Ronny Jackson is Trump’s physician and famously gave him a glowing health report back in January, including a perfect score on his mental health assessment.