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Trump's New Executive Order Aims To Weed Out Certain VA Employees

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that's intended to remedy apparent issues the agency is facing.

Trump's New Executive Order Aims To Weed Out Certain VA Employees
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President Donald Trump is trying to protect whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The commander-in-chief signed an executive order Thursday that will create an office in the VA to review all employees and potentially boot those who have "deviated" from the office's mission.

The VA has been involved in a yearslong scandal. It started in 2014 when an inspector found officials at a center in Phoenix had falsified records to hide how long veterans were waiting for care.

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But it wasn't just in Phoenix; allegations of wrongdoing spread nationwide. Other offices were accused of things like illegally selling prescription drugs and contributing to patient deaths because of delays in care.

Trump's executive order aims to combat the apparent problems facing the federal agency. Beyond reviewing current employees, the office will ensure veteran complaints are fully investigated and resolved.