American Legion offers ‘untainted’ expertise to White House

Jake Hughes
August 09, 2018 - 6:14 am

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The American legion has issued a statement on a recent report on the people that have been giving President Trump advice on Veteran's Affairs.

A recent story from ProPublica revealed that at his Palm Beach hotel, Mar-a-Lago, President Trump has been getting lots of advice from several people with no Military experience on how to run the Department of Veteran Affairs. The trio, including Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, a lawyer named Marc Sherman,  and Miami "concierge" doctor Bruce Moskowitz, have zero years of military service between them. However, since the president took office, the triumvirate have had a lot of influence over Trump's veteran policies. One insider even told ProPublica that Perlmutter is the first person Trump calls on any veteran issue.

“We are not about to tell President Trump who he can or cannot take advice from, but we hope that he carefully considers the qualifications and motivations of those offering that advice when it comes to the treatment and wellbeing of America’s veterans,” said American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan. “As the nation’s largest veterans organization and architects of the nationwide System Worth Saving program, The American Legion is uniquely qualified to offer productive solutions to issues facing those who served our country. We have been America’s strongest voice for veterans for nearly one hundred years and we offer him firsthand expertise, free and untainted by partisan interests.”

Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act have shown that previous VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin visited with the trio as soon as he was nominated for the position. All three individuals have issued statements on their relationship with the President, but downplay any role they have in policy making. VA spokesman Curt Cashour did not answer specific questions but said a “broad range of input from individuals both inside and outside VA has helped us immensely over the last year and a half.”