31 Dec '16, 4pm

Top contender for Trump's VA secretary withdraws

Businessman Luis Quinonez on Saturday formally withdrew his name from consideration to be president-elect Donald Trump’s new Veterans Affairs secretary, citing health concerns. The move leaves Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove as the most likely candidate to take over the Cabinet-level post, but also adds even more uncertainty to the appointment. Trump has already announced his picks for almost all of the other prominent administration positions, but transition officials have said he is taking time to find the perfect candidate for the embattled VA. Quinonez, a Guatemalan immigrant who served in the Marine Corps and Naval Reserves, is a well-known figure among Republican power brokers but is not as connected to veterans organizations as are other candidates. Today, his firm -- MAQ Diversified -- has 2,200 direct medical staff in addition to a network of 25,000 physicians ...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/luis-quinonez-withd...

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