President Trump has certainly made an impact, even on his first day of the job.

Almost immediately, Trump made changes that he thought would benefit the American people – namely to fire corrupt individual, DeWayne Hamlin, who worked within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

However, shortly after Hamlin’s termination, he filed a civil service appeal to allow him to return to work.

The Daily Caller reported:

The return of the Puerto Rico hospital director is the latest example of Trump’s reform efforts encountering the entrenchment of what he has called Washington’s swamp, and comes in the same month a court ruled that the VA may not even be able to fire the Phoenix hospital director, who is a convicted felon as a result of job-related misconduct.

“On the morning of January 20, 2017, the Department removed DeWayne Hamlin, the director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, from the federal civil service. Mr. Hamlin subsequently appealed his removal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and because of particulars in his case that remains under active litigation, he was brought back to work at VA,” spokesman James Hutton told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“As we have underscored since January 20, President Trump and Secretary [David] Shulkin have made employee accountability at VA a top priority, and we will continue to take appropriate disciplinary actions with our employees. The Secretary in this case was not able to overturn this decision once he was made aware of it. We need this ability in new legislation.”

Hamlin was previously convicted of an alcohol related incident while on the job. He was also found to have taken many painkillers for which he did not have a prescription.

Furthermore, when his subordinate refused to follow through on his wrongful termination appeal, she was offered bribe money to quit.

The Daily Caller reported:

Hamlin was returned to work at the VA despite the attempted firing of whistleblower Joseph Colon, who alerted officials that Hamlin was arrested for intoxicated driving and found with painkiller pills for which he didn’t have a prescription. Diversion of opiates from the VA system for recreational purposes is a major problem at the VA.

Worse, when a subordinate enraged him by refusing to carry out the wrongful firing, that subordinate, Rosayma Lopez, was offered $300,000 in taxpayer money to quit–which would have been the largest settlement in recent department history. Lopez refused to take the cash.

Hamlin is back to work within the VA, though lawyers from the association claim they are working to discover a legal loophole, so to speak.

This situation is another prime example of the corruption in Washington that needs to be overcome.

President Trump has been working to end corruption of this nature, and will continue to work in the best interests of the American people.

Do you think Hamlin should have been allowed to return to work, despite his felony charge and corrupt nature?

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