VA Secretary David Shulkin takes the hot seat in rare White House briefing

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WASHINGTON – The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs is scheduled to make a rare, on-camera appearance in the White House briefing room Wednesday in what appears to be a step toward greater transparency at the agency charged with providing health care to nearly 9 million of the nation’s veterans.

The White House did not say what VA Secretary David Shulkin — whose appearance at the podium comes on a day without an on-camera briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer — planned to discuss.

A few weeks ago, however, Shulkin said he planned to release a report on the state of the VA and challenges that he and other leaders face in fixing the agency. Briefing

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