(CNN) — Eric Shinseki has resigned as Veterans Affairs Secretary. President Obama made the announcement after a closed door meeting Friday morning. Just one hour before, though, Shinseki apologized and announced changes and recognized the extent of problems in the VA system.
He apologized to veterans and congress fro not recognizing the issues earlier, but declared that the situation can be fixed.
“He took responsibility for the conduct of those facilities and apologized to his fellow veterans and to the American people,” said President Obama.
The VA has acknowledged 23 deaths nationwide due to delayed care. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson will run the department on an interim basis while he searches for Shinseki’s replacement.