On Saturday, June 7, Cosgrove released the following statement:
"I am humbled and honored to have been considered for the opportunity to help Veterans across the United States. This is an enormous responsibility and one that deserved careful thought and consideration. As a physician, veteran, and hospital chief executive, I have great respect for the care provided to the Veteran community and for those who work to care for them. This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision, but I have decided to withdraw from consideration from this position and remain at the Cleveland Clinic, due to the commitment I have made to the organization, our patients and the work that still needs to be done here."
Eric Shinseki resigned as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on May 30 after an investigation showed soldiers faced unreasonably long wait times at VA hospitals and it was misreported by the agency.
Sloan D. Gibson is the current acting secretary.
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