Trump touches on irony of passing whistleblower act to help the VA: ‘To think I signed…!’
Screen capture … President Trump in New York City for the 100th Veterans Day Parade … Credit: The White House

Some in the liberal media are claiming that President Trump, on Veterans Day, tweeted out his regret that he passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. A clear point of fact is that he retweeted a White House post about multiple accomplishments of the administration in support of veterans, adding his own brief ironic remark about the Whistleblower Protection Act, given the current fiasco involving a controversial leaker and fabricator from within the “President’s House.”

Commentators from the rabid left are choosing to ignore the accompanying White House communication and twisting the president’s comment to point out that he did not sign the original “Whistleblower Protection Act” that was signed by Bill Clinton in 1998.

President Trump has passed two laws connected to protecting whistleblowers. The White House tweet references the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio. The law created a new office in the VA to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and makes it easier to fire employees accused of misconduct–a huge move, given the past rampant failures with the Veterans Administration.

The president also signed the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 into law. Dr. Kirkpatrick was a VA doctor who was fired and later committed suicide after he blew the whistle on the over-prescription of opiates at his VA facility.

The November 11 fact sheet tweeted out by the White House celebrates the progress made to improve the lot of American veterans since President Trump took office in January 2017, one of his ongoing priorities.

The statement reads in part:

SERVING, SUPPORTING, AND PROTECTING OUR VETERANS: President Donald J. Trump has made it a priority to support the American veterans who courageously protected our country.

  • President Trump has worked tirelessly to ensure that our American heroes have the care and support they have earned when they leave the service.

  • In 2018, President Trump signed the largest funding bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in history, securing $86.5 billion for the VA.

  • President Trump signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to identify problems within the VA and improve the quality of service for veterans.

  • In an effort to expedite the appeals process for veterans, President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.

  • President Trump created a 24/7 White House VA Hotline to ensure that our veterans receive immediate attention and aid.

On Monday, President Trump and First Lady Melania attended the 100th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade. The first sitting president to take part in the parade spoke for almost 20 minutes, saluting the U.S. military and veterans. “Today, we come together as one nation to salute the veterans of the United States Armed Forces, the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the Earth,” he said.

Trump famously saved the NY Veterans Day Parade in 1995 when it was financially floundering, donating more than $300,000. Trump is overwhelmingly popular among veterans across the country.


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