by Jim Geraghty
Change is coming to the most maligned of cabinet agencies, even if big fights still lie ahead.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, probably the most unlikely member of Trump’s cabinet, is off to a quick start. Shulkin served as undersecretary of health at the VA during the last two years of the Obama administration, and didn’t have a military background — in fact, he’s the first non-veteran to head the department.
Shulkin himself told the New York Times that he had packed up his office, expecting to be dismissed by the new secretary. During the transition, quite a bit of speculation about the next secretary focused on former Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete Hegseth, who had defended Trump on Fox News during the campaign.
But Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, recommended Shulkin to the president, and after impressing Trump he proceeded to win unparalleled support on Capitol Hill; he was the only member of Trump’s cabinet confirmed unanimously.