Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald got into a contentious discussion last month with a Republican lawmaker who had served in both Iraq Wars.
McDonald was debating with Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman when he told the veteran lawmaker that “I’ve run a large company” then condescendingly asked “What have you done?”
His dismissal of a man who served in two wars seems extra smarmy considering news reports that he embellished his own military record.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Obama Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told a homeless veteran in a recent interview that he served in Special Forces.
The conversation was captured by CBS during a segment on homeless veterans.
When the homeless veteran told VA Secretary McDonald he was in the special forces, McDonald replied,
“Special forces? What years? I was in special forces!”
It was a lie. Robert McDonald never served in the Special Forces.
McDonald was forced to issue an apology after lying about his service. Here is his statement:
“While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his Veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military, he responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.”
“I have great respect for those who have served our nation in special forces. They, and all Veterans, deserve a Department of Veterans Affairs that provides them the care and benefits they have earned. I remain committed to continuing our progress to improve VA services and our ongoing effort to reform VA for the long-term.”
Here is video of McDonald’s exchange with the homeless veteran:
What do you think of McDonald’s mistake? Minor transgression or symbolic of a deeper character flaw?