VA Secretary Apologizes for 'Misspeaking' About Special Forces Service
Robert McDonald, the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, apologized for falsely claiming last month that he had served in the Special Forces.
McDonald, who served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was caught on camera on Jan. 30 making the false claim to a homeless veteran.
In a press conference today, McDonald apologized for his "misstatement" and explained that he was trying to connect with the veteran.
With your experience in the military, then and now, how could you possibly say such a thing? One reporter asked.
"I made a mistake. And I apologize for it," McDonald said. "I was in the Army. I went to West Point. I was an Army Airborne Ranger, went to jungle warfare school in Panama, arctic warfare school in the arctic, desert warfare school."
Did you even realize you had made that mistake, as you call it? The reporter pressed.
McDonald answered that he was concerned about getting the homeless veteran the care he needed.
"For my 61 years, integrity has been one of the foundations of my character," McDonald said. "Integrity, character is a part of who I am. And I will do better to make sure I don't make mistakes like I did in Los Angeles."
On "Shepard Smith Reporting" today, Jennifer Griffin said she doesn't think there are people who are actively calling for McDonald's resignation.
Griffin said that members of Congress are more concerned about reforming the VA itself.
In particular, lawmakers are looking into possibly inaccurate numbers that McDonald gave regarding the number of VA employees who were fired due to excessive wait-times for veterans trying to receive medical care.
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