'Outnumbered': Veterans Have Died, Why Didn't Obama Fire Shinseki?
President Obama announced this morning at the White House that "with considerable regret" he has accepted the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki amid the outcry over the lack of medical care for veterans.
"This morning I think some of you also heard Ric take a truly remarkable action. In public remarks he took responsibility for the conduct of those facilities and apologized to his fellow veterans and to the American people. A few minutes ago Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted," said Obama, explaining that Shinseki believes that the department needs new leadership.
The Outnumbered hosts, including #oneluckyguy Tucker Carlson, weighed in, with Kirsten Powers noting that she and many others knew that Shinseki was going to have to leave.
"For some reason, the president takes a long time in making decisions," said Powers, adding that the end result was "completely predictable."
Harris Faulkner asked Powers why - with veterans dying due to a lack of care from VA facilities - the president did not fire Shinseki and instead chose to wait for him to offer his resignation.
"It sends a completely different message when you fire somebody," said Faulkner.
Powers said she's not sure why the president doesn't fire people, guessing that Obama feels that Shinseki is a "good man" and doesn't want to "humiliate" him.
Carlson made the point that even if the president himself resigned, it wouldn't fix the VA, which has had problems for decades.
"The problem is the government's not that good at delivering medical care actually. Or anything else that requires precision and nuance and human touch. Big bureaucracies just aren't good at that," said Carlson.
Watch the discussion above, and stay tuned to Fox News for more reaction to Shinseki's resignation.