Trump Mulls Replacing VA Secretary With Fox & Friends News Host
According to Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, President Donald Trump is considering Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth to replace current Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who finds himself increasingly at odds with the White House.
"I've been told President Trump wants Pete Hegseth to replace [David] Shulkin at the VA after he is fired," Pavlich wrote in a tweet to her 508,000 followers.
"President Donald Trump is expected to fire VA Secretary David Shulkin and is strongly considering replacing him with U.S. Army Veteran Pete Hegseth," Pavlich, who's also a columnist for The Hill, wrote on TownHall, citing three identified sources.
Axios reported recently that Trump invited Hegseth to look over VA legislation while Shulkin attended via speaker phone. Shulkin was reportedly caught off guard by the move.
Also under consideration is Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
According to a CNN report Tuesday, the primary rift between Shulkin and the White House is deciding to what extent veterans services should be privatized. Shulkin opposes moving care outside the agency, causing tension between himself and political appointees within the agency.
In recent weeks, Shulkin has put distance between himself and these political appointees, including those who run the agency's press operations, and has been essentially running a one-man crisis communications effort on his own behalf, telling multiple news organizations, including CNN, about efforts to oust him.