WASHINGTON – Robert Wilkie has been sworn in as the subsequent secretary of Veterans Affairs.
President Donald Trump stated Monday throughout an Oval Workplace ceremony that Wilkie will work day and evening “to guard those that shield us.”
He additionally instructed Wilkie that lots of of hundreds of persons are relying on him.
The previous Pentagon official was chosen to switch Secretary David Shulkin, who was fired amid ethics expenses and inner insurrection on the division over the position of personal look after veterans.
Wilkie was confirmed by an 86-9 vote within the Senate final week. He secured the backing of many Democrats after insisting he wouldn’t privatize the federal government’s second-largest division.
Wilkie says he’s “humbled” by his choice.
Vice President Mike Pence administered Wilkie’s oath of workplace.