The report brought Shulkin's foes into the open, where they have demanded his firing; last month, The Washington Post reported that, in mid-February, one of Shulkin's senior aides directly lobbied Republican staffers in Congress to demand the resignation of Shulkin and his deputy secretary, Thomas Bowman, an effort that they rebuffed.
Trump met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday, and multiple outlets are reporting the president is considering Perry to replace Shulkin.
A source familiar with the White House discussions told The Associated Press that Mr. Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a way to right the ship at the VA, believing Shulkin has become a distraction to the department's work. After their meeting, Shulkin told The New York Times that he had the full confidence of the White House to fire staffers he felt were disloyal to him.
Possible replacements for Energy Secretary show Trump also is unfamiliar with the responsibilities of the Energy Secretary.
The dispute spilled into public over the last month, following a scathing report by department's inspector general on a business trip that Dr. Shulkin took to Britain and Denmark past year. Axios recently reported the President has been growing frustrated with him.
She was alleged to have altered emails and records in arranging for Shulkin's wife, Dr. Merle Bari, to travel with him. "Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin, by his conduct, lacks the moral authority to achieve you goals of a transparent, accountable VA that is dedicated to meeting our nation's obligations to the men and women who wore the uniform and made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms". Perry's immediate predecessor under the Obama administration was a nuclear physicist.
Perry, a former governor of Texas, and Trump discussed veterans health issues, the people said.