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President Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a White House photo-op in January.

Current and former VA employees have also emailed unconfirmed statements of mismanagement stemming from the agency.

Meanwhile, Shulkin reportedly believes that Trump appointees within the department have been conspiring against him and embarked on a campaign to purge the VA of disloyal employees.

Yet in recent weeks, a scandal so severe has roiled Shulkin's department that it's drawn the attention of Donald Trump, who has reportedly come to view the V.A. head as a "major problem".

David Shulkin, the veterans affairs secretary, has been investigated by his department's inspector general, which last month said he improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament last summer during a government trip to Europe.

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Though their accounts are largely unconfirmed, these employees claim they are "being forced out and made to suffer" and that Shulkin was "responsible for the mismanagement".

Shulkin told the newspaper that Kelly and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE supported the secretary removing staffers who didn't back him.

But perhaps Shulkin's most egregious move in the White House's eyes has been his attempts to color himself in the media as acting with the administration's blessing.

The news comes amid a particularly tumultuous day in the Trump administration. At a time when Mr. Trump was struggling to find legislative victories, Dr. Shulkin and Congress's veterans committees delivered a string of popular, bipartisan bills to the president's desk. The report is said to shed light on a renewed scrutiny over his use of the department's resources, which may involve his alleged use of a security detail to run personal errands.

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