David Shulkin Pushes Back Against White House Narrative: ‘I Did Not Resign’ as VA Secretary

Days after embattled VA Secretary David Shulkin was ousted, the White House claimed that Shulkin wasn’t technically fired, stating he actually resigned from his position. During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Shulkin pushed back against that new narrative.

“I want to start off by just clarifying one point about your departure,” anchor Jake Tapper asked. “Were you fired or did you resign?”

“Well, Jake, I came to run the Department of Veterans Affairs because I’m committed to veterans and I’m committed to fighting for them and I would not resign because I’m committed to making sure this job was seen through to the very end,” Shulkin responded.

After Tapper specifically asked him if he was fired, Shulkin said: “I did not resign.”

The former VA secretary went on to discuss his recent op-ed in which he railed against the culture and environment of Washington, stating that he clashed with political appointees on the issue of privatization.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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