Obama: VA Misconduct Should Be Punished

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has put his "heart and soul" into caring for America's veterans. But at the same time, Obama says there will be accountability for any problems.

There have been mounting calls for Shinseki to step down amid troubling allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals, but Shinseki's resignation appeared unlikely, at least in the short term.

Obama and Shinseki discussed the issue at the White House on Wednesday morning.

Obama said afterward that his administration will work with Shinseki to solve the problem.

Obama says Shinseki's attitude is that if he thinks he can't do a good job on the issue he will no longer be interested in continuing as VA secretary.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says if there's misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it will be punished.

Obama says if the allegations of misconduct prove to be true, it is dishonorable and disgraceful. He says, quote, "I will not tolerate it, period."

Obama says he won't stand for people covering up long wait times or cooking the books. He says no Americans should.

But Obama is also asking for patience while investigators get to the bottom of what happened.

Obama spoke after an Oval Office meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and top aide Rob Nabors. Obama has tasked Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, with overseeing a review of the VA health system.


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