“Tester started throwing out things that he’s heard,” Mr. Trump stated at a rally in Washington Township, Mich., on Saturday night time. “Well, I know things about Tester that I could say, too. And if I said them, he’d never be elected again.”
Mr. Tester took the lead in elevating considerations about Dr. Jackson’s nomination, finally releasing a two-page document with allegations he stated had been introduced to the committee primarily by army officers who labored on the White House. His efforts had been backed by Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, the committee’s Republican chairman. Together, that they had delayed Dr. Jackson’s affirmation listening to to permit the committee time to examine.
Several of these army officers additionally described their experiences with Dr. Jackson with reporters for The New York Times and different publications.
Mr. Tester, who’s up for re-election in a state Mr. Trump simply gained in 2016, didn’t move judgment on the allegations however stated they warranted investigation.
Even earlier than the allegations, Dr. Jackson, whom Mr. Trump nominated largely out of non-public affinity, was anticipated to face powerful questioning from senators about his to lead a division of greater than 370,000 staff.
Dr. Jackson has been a doctor within the White House medical unit since 2006, and the president’s prime physician since 2013. President Barack Obama spoke glowingly about Dr. Jackson throughout his ultimate 12 months in workplace.