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Pete Hegseth Dishes on Being Passed Over For VA Secretary Job on Fox & Friends

Pete Hegseth, who was under consideration to be the next VA Secretary, reacted to being passed over for the gig on Fox & Friends Thursday morning.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he is nominating Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, to replace embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

Hegseth, an Iraq War veteran who before joining Fox News worked for two conservative advocacy groups, was reportedly a top contender for role — and Brian Kilmeade asked him about Trump’s selection.

“Pete are you surprised that you didn’t get it?” Kilmeade asked.

“I don’t know,” Hegseth said, “my name was out there just like some others, I was proud to be under consideration.”

“But the president is going to bring in the people he thinks are going to be in the best position to fix that agency, and I tihnk Ronny Jackson has the type of stature and the ability to do it.”

Hegseth went on to argue that Shulkin — “just like Andy McCabe and James Comey” — is “an Obama holdover” who “decided he was there to save America from Trump.”

According to the Washington Post, when Hegseth was considered for the role he faced pushback from “traditional veterans’ advocacy groups, which fear a downsized VA and a privatized system, and which would probably mount a strong campaign against his nomination.”

The 37-year-old was also “considered too inexperienced to run the government’s second-largest bureaucracy, which employs 360,000.”

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