Obama backs 'terrific' VA secretary McDonald: President Obama offered a strong vote of confidence to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, just weeks after the agency head stirred controversy for comparing the waits at VA hospitals to lines at Disneyland.
I think Secretary McDonald has done a terrific job, Obama told the Colorado Gazette in an interview published Sunday.
Since there's only eight months left in my administration, [McDonald's] got all the way until then to run through the tape, he added.
Dozens of GOP lawmakers blasted McDonald after his comments about VA clinics, including Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who called for his resignation.
Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed at the VA, Blunt said last month.