BigNews.Biz - Mar 18,2017 - Remarks by President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin at Veterans Affairs Listening Session
10:31 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: †A special group of people. †Very special to me, very important. †And I want to thank you all for being here and for your work on behalf of our nationís veterans, our great, great people, our veterans.
Weíre all united by a very common mission: †We will protect those who protect us. †Iíve been saying that a lot over the last two years at rallies and speeches. †We will protect those who protect us, and thatís just starting, because I think the veterans have not been treated fairly. †And David and a group of brilliant, brilliant doctors and businessmen are forming a board, and youíve got the most talented people that Iíve ever seen working with you. †This is -- no more games going to be played at the VA. †
And I want to thank David, your Secretary -- your new Secretary, whoís going to be so outstanding. †I think he actually passed 100 to nothing. †When I heard that vote I said, where did that come from? †A hundred to nothing, right? †Passed 100 to nothing -- for bringing your vision, experience and determination to the crucial task of reforming the VA and ensuring care for our returning heroes and warriors. †
And tonight Iím having a major meeting with some of the people that we put on a board. †Ike Perlmutter is an amazing man -- Marvel -- is one of the great, great businessmen of our time, and others -- weíre having a meeting tonight at what we call affectionately the Southern White House. †Seems to be the most convenient location. †Everybody always wants to go to the Southern White House. †So are you going to be at that meeting? †You heard about it, right? †Itís going to be great -- all about the VA. †
The VAís mission statement is engraved in the plaques outside its headquarters. †It reads: †ďTo care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.Ē †And that was stated by Abraham Lincoln. †That was Lincolnís pledge -- called Lincolnís pledge. †But for too many veterans, this hasnít been their experience at all. †Weíve been reading horrible stories over the years, and already, David, Iím hearing itís getting much better. †A lot of improvements are being made and itís going to change. †And under my administration, it will change -- very important to me.
During my campaign, I outlined a detailed plan to reforming veteransí care throughout the country, and weíre working to put that plan into effect. †And itís moving, I think I can, honestly, ahead of schedule.
As Commander-in-Chief, I will not accept substandard service for our great veterans. †Every member of our government is expected to do their utmost to ensure our veterans have the care that theyíre so entitled to -- maybe more entitled to than anybody. †And that hasnít