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He's qualified, he has relevant government experience, he isn't a strong partisan, and he hasn't said crazy things in the past...
What's wrong with this guy that I don't know about that would make Trump pick him?
This is a good thing. I am not a Trump fan at all, but I am a Veteran and know the VA well. You cannot expect an organization to improve if you change leaership with every presidential term, with each new secretary trying to "shake things up" and make their mark. As under secretary, he was great and honest. The VA has made strides and Shulkin as Secretary will only continue to improve the VA.
For a refreshing change, here is a qualified candidate... even a broken clock is right twice daily.
I don't suspect that there will be many times that Trump will do something praiseworthy in the next few years but when he does, he deserves credit. Who knows, maybe if he sees that being not pants on head crazy gets him love and adulation, he'll do more of that and less of the stuff that got him elected in the first place.
Maybe he picked one that's not a total looney toon, so that at least one will e confirmed quickly and he can point at his success!! "See, I picked a great man, with experience" to off-set the other 20 unqualified idiots. At least this guy has experience in the actual department that he'll be in charge of.
I've got nothing against Shulkin but he's right up there with Ben Carson as this administration's first scape goat. There hasn't ever been a legitimate play at improving veteran affairs in my lifetime and with so much money being poured into the investors market and corporate tax cuts I'm having a hard time seeing where the money is going to come from for people this far down the totem pole.
As a veteran, I am pleased that someone with experience working in the VA was elected. However, him not being a veteran himself makes wonder what is motivation for change is. Parts of the VA need to go. However the Veteran Centers the Vietnam veterans fought for should not be on the chopping block. The vet center has saved countless lives.
I'm pleasantly surprised. He seems qualified. He should get he hearing that all nominees are required - the one that hopefully all Trump's cabinet nominees should get (as did all of Obama's and prior presidents.)
But not a veteran. Will he be sensitive to the fact that veteran organizations WANT the VA to continue to operate their healthcare system. I'm an RN, a veteran, use the VA and recognize good care when I receive it. The VA provides that in the majority of cases. The care I receive from VA facilities here in the SF Bay Area is Top Notch!
Know nothing about him, but guessing he must hate veterans since that seems to be the only qualification for running a department.