WASHINGTON — Division of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin forgot to fireplace himself regardless of promising to rid his company of corruption and mismanagement, sources confirmed in the present day.
“I’m taking this chance to proper the division and take away workers who’ve served themselves as a substitute of our nation’s veterans,” Shulkin instructed reporters, in between being fanned by aides and taking mouthfuls of recent grapes, after an Inspector Common report was launched that criticized VA for mismanagement and monetary misery.
The brand new report got here simply weeks after one other IG report was launched, which discovered Shulkin had taken a taxpayer-funded $122,000 trip together with his spouse to Europe to absorb the sights, watch tennis, and speak about veterans’ points for about two-and-a-half minutes.
Shulkin responded swiftly to Wednesday’s IG report by firing a variety of VA executives and consolidating the administration of greater than two dozen hospitals, though sources famous that Shulkin, 58, clumsily forgot to fireplace himself for the earlier scathing IG report.
“Oh, whoopsie. Guess that one simply slipped my thoughts,” Shulkin mentioned in a cellphone interview. “Hey uh, oh look. I gotta go to lunch.”
In line with senior officers, the inspector common is at the moment getting ready follow-on studies crucial of VA administration and the incapacity backlog, although they are going to be subsequently disregarded by Shulkin and numerous veterans’ teams as a result of nothing issues.
At press time, Shulkin was noticed on the VA headquarters cafeteria consuming an exquisitely-prepared rack of lamb with a aspect of couscous that costed taxpayers $68,000.