President Donald Trump answers reporters’ questions during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in the East Room of the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Trump called Jackson a “high-quality person” and added “he’ll be making a decision.” He said he talked to Jackson shortly before the press conference and questioned why he needed the job.
Jackson did not explicitly deny the accusations when questioned by reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. He said he is “looking forward to the hearing,” where he plans to answer questions.
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee had planned to hold a hearing on Jackson’s confirmation Wednesday, but the panel’s top lawmakers confirmed Tuesday that it would be delayed. Committee Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and ranking member Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., sent a letter to the White House asking for documents related to Jackson’s service and any claims against him.