Fox News contributor and military veteran Pete Hegseth met with President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday for what was rumored to be essentially a job interview for the position of secretary of veterans affairs.
Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer confirmed the meeting with The Daily Caller, though he refrained from providing details regarding its nature.
Hegseth was reportedly later observed exiting Trump Tower in Manhattan, where the meeting presumably took place, while holding a copy of Concerned Veterans for America’s “Fixing Veterans Health Care Task Force” policy proposal. The Fox News contributor used to serve as the organization’s CEO until he resigned in 2012.
Speaking on Fox News early Tuesday morning, Hegseth himself confirmed the meeting and also hinted at what the discussion might have been about.
“I’m grateful and humbled for the opportunity to meet with the president-elect,” he first said, according to Grabien, after which he launched into a vigorous description of the changes he would like to see at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“It’s time for an overhaul,” he maintained. “It’s time for people to be fired that aren’t getting the job done. It’s time to give veterans true choice and allow them to go to a private sector doctor or the VA. And there’s bills in Congress … we got to start supporting the bills that really matter.”
You can see a portion of his remarks here:
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The passion he displayed during that diatribe was exactly what many felt would make him a great secretary of veterans affairs.
As a former veteran, Hegseth has been highly critical of President Barack Obama’s deplorable treatment of veterans. Moreover, his prior work at Concerned Veterans for America was crucial to its success.
“While he was at CVA, he helped grow the organization into what it is now and played a key role in developing our comprehensive VA reform proposal and also helped develop some of the legislation we supported to make it easier to fire bad VA employees,” the organization’s current vice president of policy and communications, Dan Caldwell, told The Daily Caller.
“He’s remained very vocal on veterans’ issues and has continued to be a big ally in the fight to reform the VA,” he added.
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