Trump on Jackson’s withdrawal: ‘I saw where this was going’

President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that he predicted Jackson’s nomination as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs was in serious trouble several days ago.

“I even told him a day or two ago I saw where this was going,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” over the phone, later adding that “it’s a disgrace.”

The President also said all the allegations against Jackson were false, saying the White House physician’s opponents are “trying to destroy a man.”

Jackson withdrew his nomination Thursday morning, minutes before Trump called into the show for an interview. Jackson’s nomination was hampered by a flurry of allegations about his professional conduct.

In a statement, Jackson called the allegations against him as “false” but said they had become a distraction for Trump and veterans’ interests.

Trump on “Fox & Friends” directed his ire over Jackson’s withdrawal at Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the leading Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Tester discussed the allegations against Jackson this week.

Trump said he thinks Tester will have a “big price to pay in Montana,” adding, “I think this is going to cause him a lot of problems in his state.”