Trump says he 'wasn't happy' with veterans' care

In a blistering op-ed, Shulkin criticizes Washington and privatization of the VA

“We want them to have a choice, so they can run to a private doctor, and take care of it,” Trump said.

The president’s comments come just hours after Shulkin penned a blistering op-ed in the New York Times, criticizing the “toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive” environment in Washington that he says prevented him from accomplishing work veterans need and deserve, and alleging his character had been attacked by politically-motivated people “who wanted me out of the way.”

But Shulkin got the last word with his op-ed, writing, “As I prepare to leave government, I am struck by a recurring thought: It should not be this hard to serve your country.”

"I came to government with an understanding that Washington can be ugly, but I assumed I could avoid all the ugliness by staying true to my values," Shulkin wrote of his tenure. “Despite these politically-based attacks on me and my family's character, I am proud of my record and know that I acted with the utmost integrity. Unfortunately, none of that mattered.”