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Cosgrove Reportedly Trump's Top Candidate for VA Post

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Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 02:29 PM

Donald Trump met with candidates to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, a beleaguered agency that the Republican businessman has vowed to overhaul, though the president-elect reportedly has a favorite for the post - Toby Cosgrove.

At Mar-a-Lago, Trump's palatial Florida estate, the president-elect Tuesday met with Luis Quinonez, who runs a company with military and health care ties and is said to be under consideration for VA secretary. He also interviewed Cosgrove, the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who was a top contender to replace Eric Shinseki when he resigned at the VA in 2014. Cosgrove later withdrew from consideration.

Politico reports that Cosgrove is Trump's No. 1 choice. 

Trump repeatedly pledged during the campaign to fix the woes at the department and said he would "take care of great veterans." But he also came under scrutiny for being slow in paying out money raised for veterans groups and for suggesting that "strong" veterans don't need treatment for mental health problems.

Others said to be considered for the post include former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller and Pete Hegseth, an Army veteran and former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.

Trump is also considering Jovita Carranza, who worked in President George W. Bush's administration, as his choice for U.S. trade representative. She served as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bush.

 

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