"White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has briefed the President on the findings of the Inspector General’s interim report. The President found the findings extremely troubling," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement on Wednesday. "As the President said last week, the VA must not wait for current investigations of VA operations to conclude before taking steps to improve care. It should take immediate steps to reach out to veterans who are currently waiting to schedule appointments and make sure that they are getting better access to care now.
"The Secretary has said that VA will fully and aggressively implement the recommendations of the IG. The President agrees with that action and reaffirms that the VA needs to do more to improve veterans’ access to care. Our nation’s veterans have served our country with honor and courage and they deserve to know they will have the care and support they deserve."
A number of lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have began calling for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to step down in response to the ongoing VA revelations.