>> The White House on Thursday said the man tapped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs withdrew from the nomination. The announcement ends days of speculation over the fate of the candidate, presidential physician and Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. Allegations about his personal conduct derailed a scheduled confirmation hearing earlier this week.
And White House officials gave sometimes contrary statements about whether the doctor would continue to seek the role.>> We'll see what happens. I don't want to put a man through a process like this. It's too ugly and too disgusting.>> The President sees how polarized this town is and how vicious it is.
And he knows that Ronny Jackson is a great person and nobody wants to see their reputations sullied that way, but he's given that choice. And I think that Dr. Jackson wants to have his day in front of the American
].>> Senate lawmakers said colleagues came forward with allegations Jackson was drunk on the job, and contributed to a hostile work environment.
The White House said those accusations were false. President Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he first picked Jackson to run an agency administering healthcare and benefits to nearly 20 million US military veterans. Jackson, a medical doctor who served three presidents, has no experience overseeing an operation that large.