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VA secretary resigns amid troubles with veterans' health care

Veterans Affair Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles with veterans' health care, President Barack Obama announced Friday.

Obama met Friday morning with the retired four-star general just two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually. The report prompted loud calls for Shinseki's resignation from congressional Republicans and Democrats.

In a speech Friday morning, Shinseki said the problems outlined in the report were "totally unacceptable" and a "breach of trust" that he found irresponsible and indefensible. He announced he would take a series of steps to respond, including ousting senior officials at the troubled Phoenix health care facility, the initial focus of the investigation.

This is a developing story.

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