*At the White House today President Obama spoke to reporters and said he “will not stand” for misconduct at the Veterans Affairs Department. He also vowed that those responsible for allegedly covering up long delays in veteran care would be held accountable if the charges prove to be true.
“It is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” the president said.
Here’s what ABC News is reporting:
The president’s comments came just moments after he met in the Oval Office with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to receive an update on the allegations and investigation. They were joined by Rob Nabors, Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff, who has been assigned to assist with the review of the agency.
The president announced he expects preliminary results of Shinseki and Nabors’ review next week.
“I know that people are angry and want swift reckoning. I sympathize with that. But we have to let the investigators do their job and get to the bottom of what happened. Our veterans deserve to know the facts. Their families deserve to know the facts. Once we know the facts, I assure you if there is misconduct it will be punished,” the president said.
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