Trump VA Nominee Ronny Jackson Withdraws Amid "Drunken" Allegations

President Trump on Thursday morning said all of the allegations against White House Dr. Ronny Jackson are false. 

Jackson, President Trump's nominee for secretary of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration. 

"Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity," Jackson said in a statement announcing his withdrawal Thursday. "The allegations against me are completely false and fabricated. If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years."

The announcement came after allegations surfaced overnight, including that Jackson crashed a government car while drunk. He was also accused of providing a "large supply" of the opioid drug Percocet to a staffer for the White House Military Office. 

Allegations also claimed "multiple incidents of drunkenness on duty." 

Trump told Fox & Friends Thursday morning that all allegations were fake and that "He would have done a great job, he has a tremendous heart." He continued, "These are false accusations, they are trying to destroy a man." 

Jackson had previously also dispelled the allegations. On Thursday, however, he said he is "regretfully withdrawing" his nomination as VA Secretary. 

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