- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Amid growing calls for his resignation, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki still has the full trust of President Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

The American Legion and other groups have called on Mr. Shinseki to step down following reports that as many as 40 veterans died waiting for doctor appointments at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.

A number of lawmakers also have joined that chorus.

“I’ll say it again — Sec. Shinseki needs to go,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, tweeted Monday.

Despite the uproar over veterans’ treatment in Phoenix, the president does not believe Mr. Shinseki must step down.

“We must ensure that our nation’s veterans get the benefits and services they deserve and they have earned. The president remains confident in Secretary Shinseki’s ability to lead the department,” Mr. Carney told reporters.