He was promoted to head the agency when President Donald Trump took office. A series of ill-conceived media contacts, however, may have damaged his relationship with the White House beyond fix, potentially leading to yet another high-profile ouster. Trump has been telling associates he doesn't know what's happened at the VA, but he doesn't like what he's hearing and he may have to fire Shulkin if the situation further deteriorates... An inspector general report found that Shulkin spent most of a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe sightseeing, misused government resources by having the VA cover the cost of his wife's airfare and improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon. Russian Federation concedes "dozens" of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE to the White House last week and told him to stop creating drama in his agency, Axios reported Sunday.
Amid the atmosphere of suspicion, Shulkin has canceled morning meetings with senior Trump-appointed staffers, choosing instead to convene with aides whom he "trusts not to miscast his remarks", the Post reported on Friday. Per Axios's Jonathan Swan, back in February, Shulkin met with Chief of Staff John Kelly, who agreed to lend him a hand with staffing woes-not to authorize a so-called purge. But both times they talked, he went directly to the media and declared victory. "People need to get on board. or need to leave", he told the paper. But there's one host in particular who he has apparently been calling to discuss veterans' issues. "He wants Shulkin to just shut up and stop causing drama".