Nation

Trump picks VA undersecretary David Shulkin to lead VA

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA under secretary, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The decision ends a protracted search for a secretary for the second-largest federal agency and makes Shulkin the first VA leader who is not a veteran.

Advertisement

Shulkin was confirmed unanimously for the post in June 2015 -- assuring that he should breeze through the Senate confirmation process.

Shulkin is an internist who has led the sprawling veterans health system, the country’s largest, since last year. In keeping Shulkin, Trump passed over the current secretary, Robert McDonald, a Republican appointed by President Obama in 2014 to lead the agency after a scandal over fudged wait times for medical appointments. The large veterans service organizations had pushed Trump to keep McDonald in the job.

Get Ground Game in your inbox:
Daily updates and analysis on national politics from James Pindell.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

It is unclear how Shulkin will approach Trump’s biggest priority for veterans: A significant expansion of VA medical care to private doctors outside the system.

During his campaign, Trump called VA a ‘‘broken’’ system that treats illegal immigrants ‘‘better than our vets.’’

Loading comments...
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.