Sen. Tom Carper released a statement April 25 regarding the withdrawal of Ronny Jackson’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is a sacred one — to care for those who have borne the battle. It demands strong and steady leadership, and it is too important to be subjected to the seemingly routine chaos that characterizes this administration. Nominees to lead the VA have traditionally been consensus picks who have been able to garner the support of both parties and our nation’s Veterans Service Organizations, including our last VA secretary who was approved unanimously by the Senate. President Trump’s failure to choose a nominee who was properly vetted for this critical position was an avoidable mistake, and one that, ultimately, hurts our nation’s veterans,” said Carper.

“We need a nominee to lead the VA who is not only extremely well-qualified, but also above reproach. I urge President Trump to work with our nation’s Veterans Service Organizations to expeditiously put forward a nominee that is well-vetted and well-qualified to run the second-largest agency in our government that serves the needs of over nine million veterans and manages thousands of facilities across our country,” said Carper.