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Is Trump passing on Rep. Jeff Miller as VA secretary?

Part-time Florida resident Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's commerce secretary pick, at Trump Tower on Dec. 15, 2015

Alex Leary | Times

Part-time Florida resident Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's commerce secretary pick, at Trump Tower on Dec. 15, 2015

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NEW YORK -- Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, once the dominant subject of speculation over President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of veterans affairs, appears to have faded from contention.

Miller has not shown up at Trump Tower, at least to the knowledge of reporters, at the same time other names have come to the forefront. On Thursday, Pete Hegseth, founder of Concerned Veterans for America, was seen taking the elevator up to where Trump is filling out his administration.

Trump is also said to be considering Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, as well as Gen. Ann Dunwoody.

At the same time, Trump is under pressure to keep the current secretary, Robert McDonald, "out of concern that his rumored candidates’ inexperience and ideological leanings could cripple the massive veterans health care system," the New York Times reports.

Miller, who is retiring from Congress, was on most shortlists. He was an early supporter of Trump's and had been chairman of the VA commmittee, emerging as a fierce critic of the agency.

If he does not get the job, he would join Rep. John Mica, who wanted to be transportation secretary, a job that went to Elaine Chao.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:40pm]

    

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