March 09, 2018

Ugly power struggle paralyzes Trump's plan to fix veterans' care

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: Stars and Stripes

Journalist Lisa Rein

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is managing the government's second-largest bureaucracy from a fortified bunker atop the agency's Washington headquarters.

He has canceled the morning meetings once attended by several of President Donald Trump's political appointees — members of his senior management team — gathering instead with aides he trusts not to miscast his remarks.

Access to Shulkin's 10th-floor executive suite was recently revoked for several people he has accused of lobbying the White House to oust him. He and his public-affairs chief have not spoken in weeks.

And in a sign of how deeply the secretary's trust in his senior staff has eroded, an armed guard now stands outside his office.

Read the full article in Stars and Stripes.

  • Phillip Carter

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter was the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focused on iss...