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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.
McDonald made the claim in January while he was in Los Angeles as part of the VA's effort to locate and house homeless veterans. During the tour, a homeless man told McDonald that he had served in the special operations forces.
"Special forces? What years?" McDonald responded. "I was in special forces." The exchange was broadcast on "The CBS Evening News" Jan. 30. McDonald's misstatement was first reported by The Huffington Post.
The White House released a statement Monday evening saying that it had accepted McDonald's explanation.
"Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," the statement said. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he’s doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans."
"Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," the statement said.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: butcherguy
He didn't lie. Or misrepresent.
originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
I saw that earlier today. The guy's a West Point grad if I'm not mistaken ... you know ... the ones who don't LIE, cheat or steal.
The remarks he made to that congressman were pretty shameful too: "What have you done" ... to the guy that served something like 21 years in uniform. The only member of congress who pulled tours in both Iraq campaigns.
I don't know. Maybe being the bigwig for Proctor and Gamble (sounds like Monsanto to me) softened his head a bit.