As CNN reports:
Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, President Barack Obama announced.
Obama said he would demand accountability if problems were found at VA medical facilities and accepted Shinseki’s resignation. The two met at the White House before the president announced the development, which came as political pressure mounted for the Cabinet officer to step down.
“I regret he has to resign under these circumstances,” Obama said.
Obama said Shinseki “told me this morning the VA needs new leadership to address” widespread problems in the VA system and that Shinseki “does not want to be a distraction.”