Drew Griffin, the CNN reporter who has covered the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal from the beginning, said moments after Barack Obama's press briefing on the issue that the president did not say anything that the veterans waiting for care wanted to hear.
"I'll tell you what they did not want to hear, [which] is we're going to wait for, yet again, another investigation, office of inspector general report, or some fact-finding mission," said Griffin, reporting from Phoenix where the initial reports of veterans dying without getting care originated. "I was a little caught off guard by what apparently is a disconnect between what is happening out here in the country and what the president is talking about."
Griffin added that the government has "studied" the issue enough and that the veterans he's spoken with wanted more "direct action" from the White House and the administration.
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