Trump appoints his former doctor as his chief medical adviser

Ronny Jackson’s nomination was put on hold last year after Trump nominated him

US president Donald Trump has appointed Ronny Jackson as his chief medical adviser.  Photograph: The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has appointed Ronny Jackson as his chief medical adviser. Photograph: The New York Times

 

US president Donald Trump has appointed his former doctor as his assistant and chief medical adviser.

The announcement by the White House on Saturday follows Mr Trump’s decision to re-nominate Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson for a second star due to inaction by the previous Congress.

Mr Jackson’s original nomination was put on hold last year after Mr Trump nominated him to head the Veterans Affairs Department.

The navy doctor withdrew following allegations of professional misconduct, which the Pentagon continues to investigate.

Mr Jackson has denied any wrongdoing.

He led the medical team for Mr Trump’s physical examination last year and said the president was in excellent health and has “incredibly good genes”.

A White House official said Mr Trump considers Mr Jackson a trustworthy medical adviser and doctor. - Agencies