Shulkin has butted heads with Trump appointees at the V.A. from the outset, but the conflict came to a head after an inspector general's report found "serious derelictions" in the way Shulkin's office had handled a trip to Europe, among them allegedly doctoring e-mails to allow the V.A. head to justify bringing his wife along. Russian Federation concedes "dozens" of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE to the White House last week and told him to stop creating drama in his agency, Axios reported Sunday.
David Shulkin, already embroiled in controversy over his travel expenses and locked in a feud with Trump administration political appointees, now has another problem that could cost him his job - shopping binges. Following reports of turmoil within the VA, Business Insider began receiving statements of alleged misconduct and mismanagement from current and former employees.
Kelly did tell Shulkin that he would help him with the issues he was having with staffers at the VA, according to Axios.
President Donald Trump stunned the nation and the world Tuesday morning, firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via a tweet. Shulkin then told Politico that he had the green light from the White House to crack down on "subversion", adding that those who had defied him "won't be working in my operation. those who crossed the line in the past are going to have to be accountable for those decisions", he added.
The news comes amid a particularly tumultuous day in the Trump administration. Following the meeting at the White House, Shulkin conducted an interview with The Times, in which he claimed the White House granted him approval to remove staffers who did not support him.
Shulkin also is bracing for an upcoming VA watchdog report, due for release by summer that focuses in part on whether he used his 24-7 security detail for personal errands.