Shulkin to replace Cincinnati's Bob McDonald at VA

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 12:54:00-05

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump says he's finally settled on a candidate to lead the sprawling Veterans Affairs department.

Trump says his choice is David Shulkin, who is currently the department's undersecretary for health. He'll replace former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald, who's led the department since 2014.

The president-elect focused on veterans' issues during the presidential campaign. He said veterans have been mistreated under the Obama administration and promises to straighten things out.

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Trump made the announcement at a news conference in New York. He said Shulkin is "fantastic" and will do a "truly great job."

The VA secretary post was one of two Cabinet posts Trump still has to fill. Agriculture secretary is the other one.