- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

President Trump gave a rare approval of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Thursday, saying her recent comments about Veterans Affairs not being broken were accurate.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great. But that is only because of the Trump Administration. We got Veterans Choice & Accountability passed,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

At a town hall Monday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said, “[T]here’s some things that we’re hearing today, there’s some themes we’ve got coming out, and especially when it comes to the VA, all I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always told me growing up. Which is that, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The Republican ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Phil Roe, blasted the New York Democrat said in a statement Wednesday to Fox News prior to Mr. Trump’s tweet.

“Apparently ignorance is bliss when it comes to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her views of VA. It is evident that she paid little attention to the scandalous treatment of veterans that occurred several years ago by some in the very agency created to serve them,” he said.

Mr. Trump was also fact-checked for saying he “got Veterans Choices & Accountability passed” with many pointing out it was updated in June 2018 but originally signed into law by former President Barack Obama in August 2014.

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