Trump: 'We Are Making Tremendous Progress With the VA'
On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump doubled down on his promise to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Speaking on Friday at the 2017 annual meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Atlanta, Georgia, Trump said his team is doing a "top job" at reforming the VA, and it's just the beginning.
"People are seeing a big difference. We are working really hard at the VA," Trump said. "It's my honor. I've been telling you we're going to do it, and we're doing it."
We are making tremendous progress with the V. A. There has never been so much done so quickly, and we have just started. We love our VETS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017
The VA has been plagued in recent years by allegations of long wait times and poor patient care.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin joined Pete Hegseth on "Fox & Friends Weekend" today to discuss how much has changed at the VA and what changes are coming next.
He said they have been focused on implementing Trump's 10-point plan to reform the VA, which includes giving vets better access to health care, cracking down on federal employees who have failed to carry out their duties, beginning the process modernizing the entire department, and increasing transparency about the length of wait times.
“There’s no doubt that we have a lot of problems in the VA, and the way I believe you fix it is by letting people know exactly what’s going on, the good and the bad," Shulkin said. "And that’s the way you begin to address the problems.”
He said they also want employees to feel safe letting the administration know about problems at VA facilities, and that's why Trump signed an executive order to create the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
The office will investigate allegations of misconduct – including retaliation against whistle-blowing employees who reported abuses and long wait times – and duplication within the agency's workforce.
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