>> President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested his nominee to run the veteran's administration might be having second thoughts about going through with the confirmation process.>> We'll see what happens. I don't wanna put a man through who's not a political person. I don't wanna put a man through a process like this.
It's too ugly and too disgusting.>> The candidate is Trump's physician. Navy Dr. Ronnie Jackson and his nomination was thrown into turmoil after press reports that the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee was looking into allegations that Jackson may have contributed to a hostile work environment, and abused alcohol on the job.
Reuters Politics Editor Karen Bohun.>> The White House has strongly defended Ronnie Jackson saying that he served three presidents as the White House physician. He served overseas in combat and also the White House officials are telling us that they believe that these allegations are false and Ronnie Jackson is a victim of unfair attacks.
>> What is he needed for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians? I really don't think personally he should do it, but it's totally his. I would stand behind him, totally his decision.>> Trump appeared to take a shine to the doctor, particularly after Jackson's kind words about the president's physical condition to the press in January.
>> The president's overall health is excellent. The president is mentally very, very sharp as he has incredibly good genes and it's just the way God made him.>> But Jackson faced significant opposition as a candidate to run an administration overseeing benefits to roughly 20 million military veterans, even before the allegations about this personal conduct.
>> He doesn't have a lot of management experience. He certainly doesn't have management experience running a large enterprise like the VA.>> Jackson's confirmation hearing was originally set for Wednesday, but has been put on hold. No new date has been set.