Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized Friday for ”irresponsible and unacceptable” behavior at 46 VA health facilities across the country. He announced that he’s started the process of firing leadership at the Phoenix facility at the center of the scandal.
“I can’t explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our health-care facilities,” he said. “This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform. And so I will not defend it, because it is indefensible, but I can take responsibility for it and I do.”
Shinseki made his remarks Friday morning at a meeting of the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C., and at 10:15 a.m. today he will give President Obama an update on the scandal.
Prior to their meeting, Obama told ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael that the two will have a “serious conversation” about Shinseki’s performance.
More than 100 lawmakers, including many Democrats in the throes of a tough midterm election season, have called on Shinseki to resign.