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Source: CBS News

Rex Tillerson opens up in rare, wide-ranging interview

Today 06:05 GMT

Rex Tillerson: What I think-- we got a common understanding with China is that North Korea represents a serious threat to China as well.

Rex Tillerson: Early on they might be one on one discussions for the U.S. first and North Korea to determine is there a reason to begin to put the construct for negotiations in place.

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Source: CBS News

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin recognizes "optics aren't good" on his travel

Friday 15:26 GMT

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin offered what appeared to be a veiled apology to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday after revelations of an internal watchdog's investigation surrounding the secretary's improper travel expenses for a trip to Europe last year.

Shulkin told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, "I do regret the decisions that have been made that have taken the focus off" the work on veterans' issues, and he addressed the optics of his trip. He added, "I made the decision to reimburse the Treasury to follow the IG recommendations and I'm committed to doing what we have to do to focus on veterans and make this better."

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Source: Washington Post

VA secretary’s chief of staff tells colleagues she intends to retire

Sunday 03:23 GMT

Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff has decided to retire, the department announced Friday, following the release of an unsparing report that said she misled officials to obtain approval for the secretary’s wife to join him on a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the, VA announced that Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Executive Director Peter O’Rourke will now serve as VA’s permanent chief of staff, “ensuring that the department works closely with the White House going forward,” the Va said in a statement.

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Source: New York Times

Intrigue at V.A. as Secretary Says He Is Being Forced Out

Saturday 04:16 GMT

The secretary of veterans affairs, David J. Shulkin, for a year enjoyed rare bipartisan support in Washington as he reformed his department, but now officials in the Trump administration are trying to replace him.

The move forced Dr. Shulkin to do much of his communication with the media over the travel investigation on his personal cellphone.


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