The Wall Street Journal: Trump formally nominates Robert Wilkie to lead VA

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has officially nominated Robert Wilkie to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the White House, ending weeks of unexplained delay in sending the official nomination paperwork to the Senate.

President Donald Trump surprised even Wilkie at a White House event last month when he made public his choice for a new secretary to permanently fill the post.

“I’ll be informing him in a little while, he doesn’t know this yet, that we’re going to be putting his name up for nomination to be secretary of the Veterans Administration,” Trump said at the event before shaking Wilkie’s hand. Since then, the White House has held back on submitting the necessary paperwork formally nominating Wilkie, with little explanation. The White House didn’t respond Wednesday to a request for comment on the delay.

Wilkie is a longtime Washington insider with experience in government and private-sector companies that work with the federal government. He currently serves as an undersecretary in the Department of Defense and has gone through the Senate confirmation process in the past.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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