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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says if there's misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it will be punished.

Obama says if the allegations of misconduct prove to be true, it is dishonorable and disgraceful. He says, quote, "I will not tolerate it, period."

Obama says he won't stand for people covering up long wait times or cooking the books. He says no Americans should.

But Obama is also asking for patience while investigators get to the bottom of what happened.

Obama spoke after an Oval Office meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and top aide Rob Nabors. Obama has tasked Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, with overseeing a review of the VA health system.

MATTHEW DALY
Associated Press

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