President Trump fashions himself as a fighter on behalf of America's veterans - so much so that he pantomimed firing his veterans affairs secretary should he fail to successfully implement new reforms at the long-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.
At a ceremony in the East Room of the White House where he signed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, Trump said, "I have no doubt it will be properly implemented."
Smiling, Trump responded, "Better be, David, or ..." He then made a pistol with his right hand, aimed it at Shulkin and mouthed his signature words: "You're fired!"
The law Trump signed is one of the first legislative victories for the Trump administration and is designed to bring a new level of accountability to the department after some veterans died in 2014 while waiting for care at a VA medical center in Phoenix.
VA accountability is essential to making sure that our veterans are treated with the respect they have so richly earned through their blood, sweat and tears."
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