Obama’s VA Secretary Blasts Trump’s Veterans Adviser–Who Served in Air Force 25 Years

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is questioning whether Donald Trump’s veterans adviser is qualified to speak about the failures of his department.

“Is he a veteran? Has he been in a VA facility?” he shot back at a reporter who questioned him about Trump’s proposals to fix the administration. “These are questions you might want to ask him.”

For the record Sam Clovis, one of Trump’s policy advisers on veteran’s issues, is a 25-year Air Force veteran.

McDonald made his comments during a Washington D.C. breakfast with reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

When McDonald was asked by reporters if he knew the answers to his questions, he replied. “I do, of course, but you should look at the answers.”

He specified that he was not allowed to be involved in politics, citing the Hatch Act.

“I’m not allowed to comment directly on candidates,” he said. “I better stay away from that.”