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Trump appoints Ronny Jackson as chief medical advisor amid Pentagon investigation

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 03, 2019, 10.19 AM (IST)

The United States President Donald Trump appointed Rear Admiral in the White House navy, Ronny Jackson as his assistant and chief medical advisor, White House announced on Saturday.

Ronny Jackson is currently facing investigation by Pentagon for several accusations including drinking on work and creating a hostile environment for co-workers.

The appointment was announced by White House. 

Jackson was appointed to the role of Physician to the President in 2013 by former President Barack Obama and was retained by Trump following his inauguration in January 2017.

Last year in March, Trump nominated him to be United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to succeed David Shulkin, however, after the allegations claiming misconduct and mismanagement during his service in the White House surfaced, Jackson withdrew his nomination.

Jackson is accused of having an 'abusive' behaviour toward his colleagues, loosely handled prescription pain medications and sometimes being intoxicated on work. However, Jackson denies any wrongdoing.

In 2018, Jackson also sparked another controversy after he cleared Trump's annual health checkup and told reporters that President is in "excellent health" despite revealing that he is borderline obese.


 

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Ronny Jackson is currently facing investigation by Pentagon for several accusations including drinking on work and creating a hostile environment for co-workers.