“We obviously spoke about my passion and his passion, which are veterans and veterans’ issues. Obviously, I think the toughest job in the Cabinet is to lead the VA because while it has so many angels working there, it has so many great problems as well. He is obviously going to take my application or interest under consideration. I’m glad that he called.”
No matter what he says, Brown faces competition. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who is retiring, leads the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and is considered a prime contender to head VA. Former Texas governor Rick Perry (R), who is set to meet with Trump later Monday, reportedly also wants the job. And then there’s “turnaround specialist” Mitt Romney, whom some conservative media outlets are touting as a great choice.
Brown predicted that Trump will announce his choice after Thanksgiving. And if he wins the spot, Brown said, he would focus on reducing veteran suicides and strengthening ties between VA and the Pentagon so that the government can better anticipate the needs of veterans.
Like Trump, Brown is also concerned about government waste. “We have to see what the waste is because there is a tremendous amount of waste,” he said.
Watch Brown’s comments here.