A major critic of embattled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin has left his White House post to return to the VA, according to a Monday report.
Darin Selnick disagreed with Shulkin over privatizing veteran health services and was ultimately pushed out of the VA in 2017, Politico reported. Selnick subsequently moved to the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, where he held even more influence over policy.
Moving Selnick out of the VA was his “biggest mistake,” Shulkin told a confidant, according to Politico.
Selnick’s move back to the VA was planned and “has nothing to do with Shulkin,” a White House official told Politico.
Shulkin recently faced rumors he will be the next cabinet secretary President Donald Trump fires, particularly since an investigation showed he used taxpayer money to fund a European trip for he and his wife.
Trump recently booted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.
Drew Trojanowski, a legislative aide to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, will replace Selnick at the Domestic Policy Council, according to Politico.
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