2014-05-21T115622Z_1_CBREA4K0X6800_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama says he will get to the bottom of Veterans mess

U.S. President Obama makes a statement to the press after meeting with Veteran Affairs Secretary Shinseki at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to get to the bottom of allegations that veterans suffered long delays in getting healthcare and made clear Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s job may be on the line, as he scrambled to contain a spreading controversy. “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” an angry Obama said. The president appeared in the White House press briefing room moments after meeting Shinseki and Rob Nabors, the top Obama aide who is leading a review into allegations that long wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment could have led to some deaths. He said he expects to get the preliminary results of a review about the scope of the problem at the Veterans Administration next week, and that anyone found to have manipulated or falsified records at the VA must be held accountable.

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