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President Barack Obama plans to meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday morning and says he will have a “serious conversation” with him about his “capacity” to adequately handle the problems in the department.
The meeting is set for 10:15 am at the White House.
“I’ll have a serious conversation with him about whether he thinks he’s prepared and has the capacity to take on the job of fixing it, because I don’t want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserve,” the president said during the excerpt of an interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that was taped on Thursday and aired on Friday.
Shinseki on Friday is expected to deliver to the president an internal audit on the situation at the VA.
Obama has come under increasing pressure to fire Shinseki over the VA scandal. An interim inspector general report released this week detailed “systemic” problems in the department, prompting a flurry of lawmakers on the left and right to call for the secretary’s resignation. The IG review came after reports that said at least 40 veterans died while waiting for health care in the Phoenix VA system.