President Barack Obama's professed outrage over the mushrooming Veterans Health Administration scandal rings false, Republican strategist Ron Christie believes.
"Jeff Miller [of] the House Veterans Affairs Committee wrote the president a year ago almost to today and said, 'Dear Mr. President, there are some serious allegations that you should look into and it will require your leadership,'" Christie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"You have a very powerful committee chairman saying there's something wrong with the VA and we need your leadership and the president failed to act."
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Earlier this week, Obama said he "will not stand"
for misconduct at the Veterans Affairs Department and vowed to unmask those responsible for an alleged cover-up involving up to 40 chronically-ill veterans died after being put on a secret waiting lists at a VA hospital in Phoenix.
"It is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,'' Obama told reporters during a press conference at the White House.
Christie, a columnist for The Daily Beast and CEO of Christie Strategies, said the commander-in-chief never accepts the blame for problems.
"It's never his fault. 'I'm the last to know, I'm mad as hell, I'm going to keep people accountable' … No, he isn't and no, he won't,'' Christie said.
"If you look at what the disastrous rollout that was the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, he didn't fire [Health and Human Services Secretary] Kathleen Sebelius, he didn't fire anybody who was in charge of getting that website up.
"Now you have General Eric Shinseki, [the Secretary of Veterans Affairs], who by all accounts is a Vietnam War hero, but perhaps not the best person suited to run a federal agency, yet did he get fired? Nope."
Christie said Obama even dodged the question of whether he asked Shinseki to resign.
"He didn't even answer the question, so more of the same from this administration: Ducking, weaving, bobbing and trying to deceive the American people which is just atrocious," he said.
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