President Trump said his administration was expanding the ability for veterans to connect with their healthcare teams by using their own cell phones. He added that he would make a 'big announcement' tonight in West Virginia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (August 3) unveiled an initiative that he said would greatly expand healthcare services to American veterans by focusing on telehealth technologies including the ability for vets to make doctor's appointments via their cell phones. Trump made the announcement during a news conference with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. Shulkin demonstrated some of the telehealth technologies that would be a part of the new initiative, including a suitcase-sized equipment that he said was like the one the president travels with on Air Force One and which ought to be the "doctor's bag" of the future for all veterans some day. Trump campaigned heavily on veterans' issues during the campaign last year, spending a lot of time advocating for better treatment for veterans. At the end of the event, Trump said there would be a 'very big announcement' at his rally in West Virginia on Thursday evening.