President Obama continues to give veterans few reasons to believe that he supports them.
The president will be less than a mile from the Phoenix VA hospital that was ground zero to the scandal over patient wait times that resulted in the death of as many as 40 veterans, but does not plan to visit the facility.
“I haven’t seen the president’s full schedule yet, but I don’t believe at this point that this is something he is planning to do,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday when asked if Obama will visit the troubled hospital.
Obama will be in Phoenix on Thursday to speak on homeownership, and Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, is calling on him to “send a signal of strong leadership” by taking the time to make an appearance, according to The Daily Caller.
“President Obama has not visited a single VA hospital to see firsthand how the VA is failing to serve our nation’s veterans,” Hegseth said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, President Obama has yet to show leadership in the fight to reform and fix the VA,” he continued. “Instead, members of his administration have repeatedly tried to downplay the scandal — going so far as to whitewash reports on the deaths of veterans as the result of the use secret wait lists, including at the Phoenix VA hospital.”
Hegseth suggested the presidential motorcade take a side trip.
“He should start by taking a 1-mile detour and visiting the scandal-plagued VA hospital in Phoenix,” he said.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also called on Obama to pay a visit to the facility, saying veterans continue to have “a serious lack of trust in the VA.”
“I urge the president to take time during his trip this week to visit the Phoenix VA to begin to restore our veterans’ confidence in it, and demonstrate his commitment to fully reforming the VA system which has too often failed them,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
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