Eric Shinseki, Jay Carney Resign Amidst Veterans Affairs Scandal

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The ongoing Veterans Health Administration scandal currently plaguing the Obama administration claimed two major career casualties today.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney both announced their resignations this afternoon amidst growing public outrage over alleged incompetency and falsified records within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Eric Shineski
  • Jay Carney

It is not known if Carney's resignation is a direct result of the scandal, and the former journalist who has been with the Obama administration since 2008 will not officially step down until mid-June.

Shinseki's resignation, however, definitely stems from growing frustration over deception and the perceived mishandling of healthcare cases by the VA.

A Vietnam veteran and former Army chief of staff, Shinseki offered a public apology to veterans and their families today before tendering his resignation privately at the White House. 

He will be replaced by the agency's number 2 official, Sloan Gibson.

Following his meeting with Shineski, President Obama remarked, "I regret that he has to resign under these circumstances." He then heaped praise upon Shineski for his lifetime of service and his five years as head of the Veterans Affairs department.

Obama also expressed his regrets over the Carney resignation and stated during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today that Carney will be replaced by deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.

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