President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that he predicted Jackson’s nomination as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs was in serious trouble several days ago.
“I even told him a day or two ago I saw where this was going,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” over the phone, later adding that “it’s a disgrace.”
The President also said all the allegations against Jackson were false, saying the White House physician’s opponents are “trying to destroy a man.”
Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday morning, minutes before Trump called into the show for an interview. Jackson’s nomination was hampered by a flurry of allegations about his professional conduct.
In a statement, Jackson called the allegations against him as “false” but said they had become a distraction for Trump and veterans’ interests.