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Moulton faults Trump for delaying VA pick

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House Speaker Paul Ryan administers the House oath of office to Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) during a mock swearing in ceremony Jan. 3 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — Congressman Seth Moulton is faulting President-elect Donald Trump for failing to announce a nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The incoming Republican president has nominated appointees to lead most of his Cabinet-level departments and agencies, but has yet to nominate a Veterans Affairs secretary.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, said the delay shows Trump’s lack of respect for veterans.

Moulton said the delay should come as no surprise from someone he described as “a draft dodger who had five deferments during the Vietnam War.”

Trump has vowed to overhaul the beleaguered agency and has met with prospective hires to run the VA.

Moulton said presidents Barack Obama and George Bush named their VA appointments in the December before their inaugurations.

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