Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino is defending White House physician Ronny Jackson amid continued criticisms. Jackson recently pulled his nomination to lead the Veterans Affairs Administration after Democrat lawmakers circulated rumors about Jackson’s work ethic.
They claimed Jackson would show up drunk to work, was previously escorted out of a hotel by the Secret Service when he was belligerent, and would offer prescription medications to colleagues, among other things. The claims, anonymous attacks on Jackson’s character and integrity, are proving false but the Rear Admiral still pulled his name from consideration.
Bongino, who worked personally with Jackson during his service, is vouching for the physician. Per the Daily Caller:
Radio host and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino defended Dr. Ronny Jackson on “Fox & Friends” Monday and vouched for him based on personal experience.
“This was a man I knew personally, Bongino said. “This was a man who saved my butt when I was sick overseas many times when I was in the Secret Service.”
Jackson worked as the White House doctor before being nominated to serve as Veterans Affairs secretary for the Trump administration. After heavy media criticism, Jackson withdrew his name from consideration and will not return to his old post as President Donald Trump’s personal physician.
Bongino called the attack on Jackson’s reputation, “a political hit job of the highest order”:
Bongino thinks the allegations against Jackson of drinking on the job and over-prescribing medication sound out of character and said he would have been notified of any erratic behavior.
“I was the law enforcement guy on the ground. When there was some kind of problem on a visit with the doctor or someone in the military or anyone else, me as a Secret Service lead advance — I would have been notified,” Bongino concluded. “I never saw any of this. This is a joke and this was a political hit job of the highest order.”
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As Washington Examiner reports, the Secret Service conducted an internal review and later concluded the allegations against Jackson “hold no validity”:
The Secret Service said Friday that it has no record of having to prevent White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign travel mission in 2015.
“Over the last 48 hours, media outlets have alleged that U.S. Secret Service personnel were forced to intervene during a presidential foreign travel assignment in order to prevent disturbing (former) President Barack Obama,” the Secret Service said in a press statement Friday. “The Secret Service has no such record of any incident; specifically, any incident involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.”
After a review of all internal documents related to presidential foreign travel in 2015 and conducting interviews with those who were present during those trips, the Secret Service concluded that the allegations of intervention hold no validity.
“Rear Admiral Jackson, in his role as the official White House Physician, has provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service, often miles from home and under difficult travel conditions, in order to ensure our personnel are healthy and prepared to execute our critical mission,” a statement from the Secret Service said.
I told you this would happen. Ronny Jackson is one of the finest men I’ve ever worked with. The charges leveled against him are outrageous & ridiculous. This is one of the most dishonest and disgusting political hatchet jobs I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing. @jontester https://t.co/Tcns1a5KRC
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 28, 2018
Although the White House said Jackson would remain in his position as the president’s personal physician, it is now being reported that he may not return.
White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as the president’s personal physician, according to two senior administration officials, after a string of allegations caused the Navy rear admiral to withdraw his nomination last week to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sean Conley, a Navy officer who took over Jackson’s role as the president’s personal doctor last month, will continue in the role, the officials said.
President Donald Trump has continued defending Jackson, with whom he formed a tight personal bond.
“Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson is currently on active duty, assigned to the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday morning, via Washington Examiner. “Despite published reports, there are no personnel announcements at this time.”
This is outrageous. This American Patriot was railroaded by filthy swamp rats with no morals and zero ethics. Jon Tester MUST resign too. ASAP. https://t.co/uSkA8T9P9e
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 29, 2018