BREAKING NEWS Bear Fire: 1,046 homes destroyed, 56% containment in West Zone of North Complex Full Story

Trump praises Jackson, says he was smeared

President Donald Trump praised his embattled White House doctor and insisted the allegations against him were false d...

Posted: Apr 28, 2018 8:34 AM
Updated: Apr 28, 2018 8:34 AM

President Donald Trump praised his embattled White House doctor and insisted the allegations against him were false during a news conference on Friday.

"Ronny Jackson is one of the finest men I've ever met," Trump said at a news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump said he explained to Jackson and his family that "Washington can be a very mean place."

"These were false accusations about a great man," he said.

Jackson withdrew his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday morning in response to an avalanche of allegations of questionable behavior.

Prior to his withdrawal, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members were assessing allegations from whistleblowers who have told the panel about Jackson's questionable behavior including excessive drinking and a "toxic" work environment under his leadership, according to two former White House medical staff members who have spoken with the committee.

Trump lambasted Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, over the two-page list of allegations compiled against Jackson, describing it as a "disgrace."

"I think it's something we learn from. I called him today. I said in a certain way ... in a very big way, you're an American hero because you're exposed the system for some horrible things," he said.

"I've had it happen to me with the Russian collusion hoax. It's a hoax," he went on. "But I came into the job understanding that things happen. He didn't. He's a great doctor. He's a great admiral."

In withdrawing his nomination Thursday morning, Jackson said the range of allegations made against him were "completely false and fabricated."

"If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years," he said. "In my role as a doctor, I have tirelessly worked to provide excellent care for all my patients. In doing so, I have always adhered to the highest ethical standards."

CNN reported Friday, after Jackson withdrew, that the White House medical unit under his watch frequently functioned as a "grab and go" clinic where mid-level staffers to the most senior officials could obtain prescription drugs without being examined by a doctor, according to five of the medical unit's former and current employees.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 783313

Reported Deaths: 15018
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2598176330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino52287908
Orange518731127
San Diego44293796
Kern31261350
Fresno27560355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20494374
Santa Clara20252296
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16289332
Contra Costa15734199
Tulare15599256
Ventura12236143
Imperial11558314
San Francisco1069697
San Mateo9522143
Monterey936066
Santa Barbara8846110
Merced8750134
Kings726877
Sonoma6998114
Marin6557112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer342841
San Luis Obispo336027
Yolo274054
Butte273835
Santa Cruz21898
Sutter164210
Napa160413
San Benito129011
Yuba11187
El Dorado10644
Mendocino83318
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5503
Colusa5096
Nevada5066
Tehama4904
Humboldt4826
Lake45910
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
Mono1642
Siskiyou1610
Del Norte1361
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 74°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 40°
Red Bluff
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 63°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Heat and haze were on the menu today but a cool-down is in the works for next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events