President Obama announced that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki offered his resignation in a private meeting Friday morning.
“A few minutes ago, Sec. Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted,” Obama said.
Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune asked if Shinseki is a political scapegoat, and the president conceded that “the distractions were in part political.”
Sloan Gibson, Deputy Secretary of the VA, will become the acting Secretary. Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff, will stay at the VA to help with the transition.
“We don’t have times for distractions. We need to fix the problem,” Obama said.
Shinseki apologized for his failings Friday morning at a meeting of the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C.