The first issue of President-Elect Donald Trump's unwanted crossover with Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter dropped in December when the pair met regarding a possible cabinet position. The third issue came a few days ago when The New York Post said Perlmutter would be joining the staff as a key aide on Veteran's affairs.
Today, the third issue came in the form of a namedrop during Trump's first press conference, nearly a month after being elected. After naming current Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin as his Veterans Affairs Secretary, Trump mentioned Perlmutter.
Ike Perlmutter has been very very involved. One of the great men of business. We're gonna straighten out the VA for our veterans. I've been promising that for a long time.
Perlmutter previously donated $1 million to Trump's election campaign. Perlmutter's wife Laurie is a member of Trump's Presidential Inaugural Committee. He spent Thanksgiving eating dinner with Trump, Don King, and Fabio. Perlmutter is a veteran of Israel's Six Day War.
Trump's full speech regarding the VA is below.
Speaking of veterans, I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin. We'll do a news release in a little while, tell you about David. He's fantastic. He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job.
One of the commitments I made is that we're gonna straighten out the whole situation for our veterans. Our veterans have been treated horribly. They're waiting in line for fifteen, sixteen, seventeen days. Cases where they go in and they have a minor, early stage form of cancer and they can't see a doctor. By the time they get to a doctor they're terminal. It's not gonna happen. Not gonna happen.
So David is going to do a fantastic job. We're going to be talking to a few people also to help David. We have some of the great hospitals in the world going to align with us on the Veterans Administration. Like the Cleveland Clinic. Like the Mayo Clinic. A few more that we have. And we're gonna set up a group. These are hospitals that have been the top of the line. The absolute top of the line.
And they're going to get together with their great doctors. Doctor Toby Cosgrove as you know from the Cleveland Clinic has been very involved. Ike Perlmutter has been very very involved. One of the great men of business. And we're gonna straighten out the VA for our veterans. I've been promising that for a long time.
And it's something I feel very very strongly, so you'll get the information on David, and I think you'll be very impressed with the job he does. We looked long and hard. We interviewed at least a hundred people. Some good, some not so good. But we had a lot of talent. And we think that this election will be something that will, with time, straighten it out. And straighten it out for good. Because our veterans have been treated very unfairly.