Shulkin: Trump didn’t mention firing in call hours before he was fired

Hours before he was ousted, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin discussed his progress in his position with President Donald Trump — who gave him no indication that he would later fire him.

Shulkin said during an interview with MSNBC that he spoke on the phone to Trump on Wednesday about needing to focus on polices to help the VA.

“We spoke about the progress that I was making, what I needed to do from a policy perspective to make sure that we‘re fixing the issues in VA,” Shulkin said. “He was very focused, he was very inquisitive about the things we were working on, making sure we were focused on the job at hand.“

MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked if Trump “made no mention of the fact that he was about to terminate you,” to which Shulkin said, “That’s correct.”

Trump on Wednesday evening announced on Twitter that White House physician Ronny Jackson would be nominated to replace Shulkin.

Shulkin said that he was informed that he would be ousted, not by Trump, but by his chief of staff John Kelly.

“Right before that, the Chief of Staff Kelly gave me a call, which I appreciated, gave me a heads up,” Shulkin said.

“And so that was much after the phone call,” he said of the tweet.

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