President Barack Obama on Wednesday called reported misconduct at the Veterans Affairs agency "dishonorable and disgraceful" and said that if the allegations prove true, "I will not stand for it." He praised VA Secretary Eric Shinseki as a "great public servant and a great warrior,” but said there will be accountability once "we know the facts." For now, Shinseki is "committed to solving the problem and working with us to do it," Obama said. Obama expects results from a preliminary review next week, he said.
Obama: "I Will Not Tolerate" VA Misconduct
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at the White House in Washington, DC, May 21, 2014. Veterans have had to wait months to see a doctor at some hospitals, and allegations have arisen that administrators at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, covered up the delays there. As many as 40 patients were reported to have died while waiting to be seen by a VA doctor. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Updated at 3:01 AM PST on Thursday, May 22, 2014