Report on Former White House Physician Ronny Jackson Is 'Scathing'

Joanna Estrada
Марта 3, 2021

While Ronny Jackson was the top White House physician during portions of the Obama and Trump administrations, the doctor allegedly drank alcohol and took Ambien while on the job.

According to the retired Navy rear admiral, who is the USA representative for Texas's 13th congressional district, the inspector general "resurrected" throwback allegations against him because he refused to "turn my back on President (Donald) Trump", who was a vocal supporter of his 2020 congressional bid.

White House physicians are typically brought in from the US Navy, where Jackson is a rear admiral, which is why the Defense Department is spearheading an investigation. Witnesses described Jackson as screaming over trivial matters, displaying an explosive temper and focused on currying favor with the president.

The Pentagon's Inspector General has been carrying out a years-long probe into Ronny Jackson, who now represents Texas in the House of Representatives, and examined allegations dating to his time serving during the Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations. Jackson, who was elected to the House of Representatives a year ago, is also accused of making "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female subordinate and creating a hostile work environment with aggressive behavior.

While on trips with the president, the White House physician is not allowed to drink for 24 hours before the president's arrival until two hours after the president leaves. In Manila, witnesses said Jackson was intoxicated and made lewd comments about a female subordinate, with one person stating they also spotted him "pounding" on the door to her room while saying "I need you" and "I need you to come to my room".

Jackson, who according to two defence officials cited by CNN could now face a Navy review of his retirement pay, has vehemently denied he had ever "consumed alcohol while on duty".

According to CNN, the Pentagon report noted that it "was limited in scope" for some time because President Donald Trump's White House lawyers demanded to be present at all interviews with medical employees.

Jackson denied misconduct in a statement Wednesday, describing the report and the allegations that underpin them as partisan attacks.

Investigators interviewed dozens of colleagues after tips poured into the Pentagon IG hotline following Trump's April 2018 nomination of Jackson to serve as secretary for Veterans Affairs, the report said.

During the Trump presidency, Jackson made headlines when he said he mixed cauliflower into the president's mashed potatoes in a subtle attempt to get him to eat more vegetables.

"The exercise stuff never took off as much as I wanted it to", he said. "We were making the ice cream less accessible, we were putting cauliflower into the mashed potatoes".

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