When Republican congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast saw that a Florida VA hospital didn't have photographs of President Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin hanging in the lobby, he took action.
Mast and a group of local veterans brought portraits of Trump and Shulkin to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and demanded they be installed, and the whole thing was caught on camera.
They were successful, but within hours management at the hospital took down the pictures.
Their reason? They could not authenticate the photos and they have to follow protocol.
A VA spokeswoman said that the congressman’s actions and the actions of the veterans who accompanied him were "inappropriate."
She said that portraits on display at the VA need to come from the central office.
Mast, who lost his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan and still receives treatment at the West Palm Beach VA facility, expressed his disappointment on Twitter.
After so many vets contacted me, disappointing to see resistance from VA over hanging portraits of Commander in Chief & VA Secretary. https://t.co/tHIznwut7q
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) March 15, 2017
He joined "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, explaining that when veterans see a problem, they take action.
"This is exactly what pisses people off about the government is they don't have that kind of reactionary capability to just fix a problem immediately. Here we see they made an even bigger problem out of the situation," he said.
Mast said the Veterans Administration belongs to those who have served the country, not to the VA employees.
"There is absolutely a political end to this," said Mast, adding that VA employee unions campaigned heavily against President Trump, including in his district.
UPDATE: Ed Henry reported Friday that the White House issued a directive to VA facilities to hang the portraits. Watch the new report below.