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Don Imus Reports Administration Won’t Allow Him To Tour Entire Walter Reed Facilities

This morning on his radio show, Don Imus continued to call attention to the deplorable conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Imus has highlighted the issue every day this week. On yesterday’s show, he revealed, “I haven’t heard from anybody [in the administration] about whether I can come down there and take a little tour.”

This morning, Imus updated his audience, reporting that administration officials called him and said he could take a limited guided tour of the facilities. Imus explained, “They will cherry pick some places for me to go look at, but they don’t want me just going down there looking at the entire facility. I’m not interested in having that.” Watch it:

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Imus said that all he has received from the administration is talking points. “The Veterans Administration called me — they keep trying to cherry pick a couple of situations you have that you are doing what you are supposed to do. Don’t think that is going to shut me up, because it’s not. So just save your breath on all that stuff. It’s annoying and it’s insulting and it’s a waste of time,” he said.

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Transcript:

IMUS: By the way, various members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Veterans Administration: Don’t call me, because this is not a democracy here. This is the program — I talk and you listen and if you don’t like what I say, tough. The Veterans Administration called me — they keep trying to cherry pick a couple of situations you have that you are doing what you are supposed to do. Don’t think that is going to shut me up, because it’s not. So just save your breath on all that stuff. It’s annoying and it’s insulting and it’s a waste of time.

IMUS: By the way, they won’t let me come down there [Walter Reed] and look around. So — because — they are not interested in that. They will cherry pick some places for me to go look at, but they don’t want me just going down there looking at the entire facility. Not interested in having that.

CHARLES: Or just going into Building 18.

IMUS: No, don’t want that.