President Donald Trump fired Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin on Twitter amid a report by The New York Times that Trump is considering pardoning former National Security Advisor and convicted felon Michael Flynn.
MSNBC host Katy Tur noted that Trump is going to replace Shulkin with his personal doctor, Admiral Ronny L. Jackson:
Why does Ronnie L. Jackson sound familiar to you, dear viewer? Because that is the doctor that the president gets to use, that is the doctor that came to the podium and talked about the president’s physical the other day, his mental status…
And it is interesting timing, because everybody has been talking about that New York Times report that said that John Dowd, the president’s former lawyer in the Mueller investigation, was asking Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn’s lawyers about whether they were interested in a presidential pardon.
Certainly a good idea to announce this to change the subject… It does feel like a distraction tactic to me.
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele agreed:
It is totally that. And folks were waking up this morning having a news that was breaking and now we’re talking about Shulkin.