Over the past twenty-four hours, a series of explosive allegations have surfaced about Dr. Ronny Jackson, the military physician for Donald Trump, and Trump’s current nominee to lead the VA. The accusations have ranged from being drunk on the job, to harassing a woman by banging on her door, to improperly handing out drugs on overseas trips. It’s that last part that may prove to be the biggest scandal of all, as it relates to Trump.
As we pointed out yesterday when the scandal first erupted, the initial accusations were too vague to get a good read on. Who was accusing him of improperly dispensing drugs? What were the drugs? When and how was this happening? Was he supposedly selling the drugs to outsiders on the side? Now the accusations have become much more specific, and alarming.
CBS News now says that these were the kind of drugs that help people wake up and go to sleep, and that Jackson allegedly handed out the drugs in improper fashion while he was on “overseas trips where there’s a lot of time zone changes.” Because Jackson is the president’s personal physician, he travels on overseas trips with the president. Now he’s being accused of improperly handing out waking and sleeping pills to people he was with on these trips.
We know what some of you are thinking, but this does not necessarily mean that Dr. Ronny Jackson was improperly giving drugs to Donald Trump. There are numerous other people who travel on these kinds of overseas trips with Trump, including advisers, support personnel, you name it. But it did have to be someone who carried enough clout with Jackson to convince him to fork over prescription drugs without a prescription. The bigger scandal here may be less about Jackson handing out pills, and more about who was receiving those pills.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report