White House: Media Reports Dr. Ronny Jackson is No Longer President Trump's Physician Are False

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 11:00 AM
White House: Media Reports Dr. Ronny Jackson is No Longer President Trump's Physician Are False

Over the weekend multiple media outlets reported Dr. Ronny Jackson was leaving the White House immediately and would not resume his duties as President Trump's physician. 

The White House is pushing back on those reports and says Dr. Jackson will resume his duties after withdrawing his nomination for Secretary of Veteran's Affairs. 

"Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson is currently on active duty, assigned to the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President. Despite published reports, there are no personnel announcements at this time,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah released in a statement Monday morning.

When Jackson withdrew his name last week, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump confirmed Jackson would remain in his post.

Late last week, the Secret Service said they have no records involving Dr. Jackson after CNN reported he drunkenly banged on a female colleague's door during an overseas trip in 2015. They also stressed how important Dr. Jackson is to their mission.

 "Over the last 48 hours, media  outlets have  alleged that U.S. Secret  Service personnel were forced  to  intervene during a Presidential foreign travel assignment in order to prevent disturbing (former) President Barack  Obama," The Secret Service released in a statement. "The  Secret  Service  has  no  such record  of  any incident; specifically, any incident involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson. A thorough review of internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews  of  personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during  the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate."

"The physical health and wellbeing of Secret Service personnel when fulfilling our protective mission is of paramount importance to the Secret Service. Rear Admiral Jackson, in his role as the official White House Physician, has provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service, often miles from home and under difficult travel conditions, in order to ensure our personnel are healthy and prepared to execute our critical mission," the statement continues. "The Secret Service is grateful for the dedicated and outstanding professional service Rear Admiral Jackson has provided to the  agency - and more  importantly -his role supporting the greater  residential protection security apparatus."

After a look through White House records, the Associated Press confirmed three car accidents involving Jackson and government vehicles over the past three years were not his falt and did not involve alcohol. Previous media reports falsely accused Jackson of being driving drunk.

This post has been updated with additional information.