Army veteran and Fox News military analyst Pete Hegseth is a leading candidate to replace David Shulkin as secretary of Veteran Affairs, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Katie Pavlich of Townhall claims President Trump strongly prefers Hegseth.
I’ve been told President Trump wants Pete Hegseth to replace Shulkin at the VA after he is fired https://t.co/DwsWNQRA3m
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 14, 2018
This comes after reports claim that President Donald Trump views Shulkin as a “major problem.”
Hegseth has a long resume. After receiving a degree from Yale University, Hegseth joined the U.S. Army National Guard. He was deployed to Guantánamo Bay and Iraq. He was in the Army from 2003 to 2014.
He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and a second Army Commendation Medal.
After he finished his work in the military, he became a conservative activist. He worked for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Vets for Freedom, Concerned Veterans for America, and Fox News Channel.
In 2013, he received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.
He briefly ran for the United States Senate in Minnesota in 2012 as a Republican but withdrew after the Minnesota GOP endorsed state Rep. Kurt Bills.
President Trump considered Hegseth for this position in early 2017, but several veterans’ groups – American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Amvets – strongly opposed his nomination.
Those same groups voiced support for Shulkin last month after the major ethics scandal.
“If Trump picks Hegseth, it’s going to be war,” Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the New York Times in December 2016. “He would be a radical departure from what the V.A. has been for generations.”