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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin looks on prior to U.S. President Trump signing an Executive Order on improving accountability and whistleblower protection, at the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

VA Secretary Shulkin says he intends to stay on the job despite report he misused government funds

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, fighting for political survival over travel abuse, says he has the president’s trust and will not be leaving his post.

Speaking after a meeting at the White House, Shulkin told The Associated Press that White House chief of staff John Kelly had conveyed President Donald Trump’s confidence in him. In recent days, reports swirled of White House officials looking to oust him and VA press officials refusing to serve him.

Shulkin says: “There is no doubt I am the secretary.”

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He adds: “Anyone that is not able to get on board with that is not going to be able to remain at VA.”

Shulkin is in trouble after an internal probe found travel abuses in his 11-day trip to Europe.

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