Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News
Even as more and more politicians call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the White House on Thursday insisted President Obama will wait to see Shinseki’s internal review of the VA before determining what steps should be taken to ensure there’s accountability at the agency.
Mr. Obama found the interim report released by the VA Office of Inspector General, apparently confirming allegations of wrongdoing at a Phoenix hospital facility, “extremely disturbing,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. He noted that Mr. Obama has tasked Shinseki with giving him the preliminary findings of the VA’s internal review by the end of the week.
“When he receives that, he’ll be able to evaluate those findings, along with what we’ve seen from the inspector general, and assess where we are at that point,” Carney said. The president also looks forward to seeing the results of a broader review of the VA system being conducted by Mr. Obama’s deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors.
“All of these investigations are important… but they should not preclude taking action now” to improve care for veterans, Carney said.
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