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Vice President Mike Pence's physician privately raised alarms within the White House last fall that President Donald Trump's doctor may have violated federal privacy protections for a key patient - Pence's wife, Karen - and intimidated the vice president's doctor during angry confrontations over the episode.

President Donald Trump's physician Doctor Ronny Jackson has been embroiled in a controversy after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job.

Despite the account, White House has said the incident was simply a dispute between the two doctors resulting from a "strained relationship".

The Pentagon's announcement came after more than a week of scandal surrounding rear Adm. Jackson after unconfirmed allegations emerged about his reportedly improper work conduct.

Trump, as he is wont to do when he has blundered, lashed out after the Jackson nomination imploded.

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Manu Raju of CNN reported that the conflict between the Pence physician and Ronny Jackson started when Jackson intervened in the care of Second Lady Karen Pence. The doctor said the September incident was part of a pattern of "intimidating" behavior on Jackson's part that pushed him to consider resigning. Trump demanded Tester resign, and then in true McCarthy-esque style, declared at a rally in MI, "I know things about Tester that I could say, too. I say he's fantastic".

White House staffers were reportedly caught off guard when Trump tweeted that he wanted his personal physician to lead the VA, but if true this would mark the second time when the White House defended a staffer against misconduct allegations top officials heard about months earlier.

"[Jon Tester] has done some good things for veterans, but this was not one of them" said Roger Hagan, a retired Republican state politician who has worked with and likes Tester but said his handling of the Jackson nomination has "pretty much reinvigorated me to work to oppose him". The Secret Service said it has found no evidence of an alleged vehicle accident involving drunken driving, one of the claims released by Tester. According to the officials, Pena, who is still active military and assigned to the White House Military Office, did not follow proper protocol to report on the allegations. CNN said the White House knew about the allegations from the vice president's doctor, and Jackson denied them.

In a statement dated Thursday, the Secret Service said it had conducted a "thorough review" of internal documents related to Obama's foreign trips in 2015 and interviewed people who were present. "She went up to the Hill and she spoke with approximately twenty-five Democrats... she's a holdover in the White House and didn't want Jackson to be nominated". Instead, she went directly to the Senate with the support of some current and former White House medical staff who were her loyalists.

In a February University of Montana Big Sky poll, 41% of respondents said the President was doing a "poor" job.

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