Tapper Grills WH Chief of Staff: How Can We Stop The VA’s ‘No Accountability’ Culture?

‘Obviously General Shinseki served his country honorably ... But how on earth can the president still have full confidence in him? People died’

Tapper Grills WH Chief of Staff Over VA Scandal: ‘How Many Dead Veterans Do You Need?’ (Mediaite)

In an appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough defended the record of Veterans’ Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki in his post amid a scandal involving fabricated waiting times leading to the death of military veterans. McDonough asserted that both Shinseki and President Barack Obama are outraged over the latest scandal involving the VA, even though this is not the first accusation of fatal negligence at that department.

When Tapper asked “how on earth” the president can continue to have confidence in his VA secretary, McDonough replied by noting that he has “the scars” to show just how angry Obama is over this episode.

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