Trump Surprises Acting VA Secretary With Nomination to Lead Department

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will nominate Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to fill the position on a permanent basis. Wilkie was seemingly unaware of the nomination before it was announced, as Trump joked during a prison-reform summit: “I’m sorry that I ruined the surprise.” Trump’s previous nominee, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, withdrew his name from consideration after more than 20 military employees approached the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs with allegations about his workplace misconduct.