White House takes feud with Sen. Tester to Montana airwaves

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson right meets with Sen. Jon Tester in Tester’s office last month

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonTrump: "Tester "dishonest and sick" for pushing allegations against VA nominee GOP chairman "doesn't have a problem" with Tester's handling of Jackson allegations Senators hope Trump's next VA pick will be less controversial MORE (R-Ga.), the chairman of the Senate Veterans" Affairs Committee, defended Sen.

In an appearance on CNN Wednesday, Cohen predicted Emmet Flood, a veteran lawyer who joined President Trump's legal team on Wednesday, won't last long. The Montana Republican Party released a statement, saying, "Obstructionist Jon Tester once again shows that he is a two-face politician".

Jackson served as White House physician under both Trump and former President Barack Obama, until Trump nominated him on March 28 for secretary of Veteran Affairs. And state Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running for Tester's seat, said, "He keeps promising Montanans he'll work with the President, but instead he's giving us a load of manure".

Tester: "I got no secrets, truthfully".

Over the weekend, at a campaign rally in Michigan, Trump claimed that he has information about Tester that, if released, would end the senator's career.

Another new ad by the pro-Trump America First Action Super PAC also calls Tester disgraceful and says it's time for him to go.

Tester campaign manager Christie Roberts dismissed the attack ads.

"What Jon Tester did to this man is a disgrace", Trump said at a MI rally on Saturday.

"This is just politics", she said.

Jackson ultimately withdrew his nomination and Tester took the president's social media criticism in stride, including damaging information the president claims to have on the senator. "Jon is relentless in holding government accountable, and he will continue to fight for veterans to make sure they have the services they need and have earned". Yet Tester's spurious allegations crushed Dr. Jackson's bid for confirmation and greatly harmed his reputation.

The feud began when Jackson's nomination for VA secretary fell apart last week, in part because of a series of allegations against Jackson, related to inappropriate workplace conduct and over-prescription, that Tester's office released last week. The President won Montana by 20 points, and Tester's is one of five Democratic-held seats in states that Trump won by double digits. "Tester doing his job, making sure that someone who could be unsafe and harmful to veterans is not in position where he could hurt them", the aide said.



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