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Improving veterans' access to health care would be one of his biggest priorities, Robert Wilkie said.
Trump's latest nominee for the top VA job will face tough questioning from senators next week, despite wide support for his bid.
White House and congressional staffers had worked closely on the legislation, but the president plans to ignore significant parts of it.
Researchers found waits up to 70 days for veterans using the community care program.