Ousted VA Chief Says Appointees Did Him In

David Shulkin, removed days ago as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said political appointees engineered his ouster as they push for “more aggressive” changes to how the sprawling department is run.

“I did not resign,” Shulkin said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” In a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said that “There would be no reason for me to resign. I made a commitment, I took an oath, and I was here to fight for our veterans.”

Shulkin said he wasn’t asked to submit a resignation letter, and did not write one.

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