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Obama to make statement on Veterans Affairs controversy

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President Obama will deliver a statement from the White House Wednesday about delays in care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, weighing in publicly on the controversy for the first time in weeks.

Obama's remarks will come after an Oval Office meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors, who is leading an internal review of the VA allegations.

The president has not addressed allegations of backlogs of disability claims and deaths at VA hospitals since a press conference in Asia more than three weeks ago.

Some Republicans have demanded the ouster of Shinseki, and the VA controversy has turned into a political liability for the Democratic Party.

Obama will make the statement at 10:45 a.m. in the White House briefing room.

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