Shulkin, who has been telling the media that Trump political appointees in the Department of Veterans Affairs are trying to undermine him, was reportedly told by Kelly to stop fighting with staff and talking with the media.
As Trump seeks to widen a changing of the guard that started Tuesday with his firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Shulkin could be next, the advisers said.
"The meeting with the President and VA Chief of Staff was productive, supportive and focused exclusively on moving forward in the best interest of our Veterans", Shulkin said in a statement provided to Axios. Although Perry's name has surfaced as a possible replacement for Shulkin, the president didn't ask Perry on Monday to take over Veterans Affairs, they said.
Mr. Trump did not make a formal offer to Mr. Perry when the two men met on Monday. He was promoted to head the agency when President Donald Trump took office.
Shulkin, 58, a physician and former hospital administrator, has become embroiled in internal disputes with Trump administration officials, people familiar with the situation said.
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The conservatives came to feel that Dr. Shulkin, who advocated a moderate rewrite of the current private care programs, was an obstacle to their goal. However, Shulkin does have an upcoming VA watchdog report scheduled for release this summer that will further outline any mishandling of government funds or inappropriate use of his security detail. The report found "serious derelictions" related to the trip and concluded that the secretary spent much of it sightseeing and improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets.
The email to Sandoval alluded to White House efforts to gain more control, including ousting Shulkin's chief of staff, and said the secretary had been "put on notice to exit" once the administration gets the Choice legislation through Congress. A majority of key lawmakers on Capitol Hill have rallied to his side.
Kelly did tell Shulkin that he would help him with the issues he was having with staffers at the VA, according to Axios.
But as of Tuesday, none of the appointees had been fired. He is a holdover from the Obama administration, where he served as undersecretary for health overseeing medical facilities run by the VA, which provides care for more than 9 million enrolled veterans.