Veterans groups get a White House meeting, but without Trump

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Veterans groups had their first major White House meeting of the new administration on Tuesday, covering a host of priorities in what they called a positive exchange of ideas.

But most wished President Trump had been there.

The meeting included Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and several senior White House staffers, but not the president himself. Members of several of the most well-known veterans service organization have been lobbying for a one-on-one with the new commander in chief for months, but so far have not gotten onto his schedule.

“This was a great meeting today, and we’re ready for a meeting with the president now, too,” said Verna Jones, executive director at the American Legion. “It’s time for that.”

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