Trump board appointee sues Biden administration for firing him: report - Raw Story - Celebrating 16 Years of Independent Journalism. Political appointees come and go with each administration with no guaranteed job security for more than four years.
But in the final days of former President Donald Trump's term, he rushed to appoint as many of his loyalists to boards and positions as were open. Such was the case with Christian rights activist Roger Severino, who was appointed to the council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. The group's aim is to work on ways to make the federal government work better. The board is comprised of experts in "legal, business, non-profit and academic arenas," the website says. According to Politico, "Severino's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, said he believed that three other members of the council were given a similar ultimatum.
" "The Council does not wield any executive power — indeed, it does not wield any power at all as a purely advisory entity — so President Biden has no constitutional power to terminate Mr. Devastating column outlines why Trump’s coronavirus response was ‘doomed to fail’ President Donald Trump appointed a new chief of personnel for the White House that had no experience in the White House or personnel.
It infuriated the head of the Office of Personnel Management so much she quit. Johnny McEntee, the new director of the Office of Presidential Personnel reports directly to the president. But according to the Washington Post, the youngster’s inexperience is now causing problems for a White House desperate for experience. “So, it’s not hard to imagine the gravity of a situation in which either of them, or any of their other dedicated colleagues, would be replaced if, for instance, they fall out of favor with Trump,” the report said.
Over the past several years Trump has been in office, the top priority for hiring staff has been loyalty, not experience and political agenda over American interest. Wilbur Ross Naps While Trump Speaks At The UN. Wilbur Ross seems to sleep through all of Trump's speeches and is said to fall asleep at meetings as well.
Source: CNBC President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech was a snooze — at least for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.The 81-year-old Ross took a nap — a very long nap — as his boss addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.Television footage of Ross showed the wealthy businessman sleeping soundly as Trump talked about a possible trade deal with China — which is part of the Commerce chief’s portfolio — and the U.S. stance on Iran.Ross had his eyes firmly closed for as long as 15 minutes, video suggested, as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the impression of listening intently to Trump.At one point, however, Ross’s eyes opened.
He still looked drowsy, though.This isn’t the first time that Ross has been caught out catching 40 winks while Trump gives a speech. Source: CNBC Source: CNBC. Martha Raddatz Grills Acting DHS Secretary After He Claims Not To Know About Mistreated Migrant Children. Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday insisted that multiple reports about the treatment of migrant children at detention facilities are "unsubstantiated.
" In an interview on ABC's This Week, host Martha Raddatz asked why he had refuted a New York Times report which found that children are being mistreated at migrant detention facilities. "Why did you call those allegations unsubstantiated? " Raddatz asked. "Because there's adequate food and water," McAleenan argued. Maddow calls out Homeland Security Secretary for lying to Congress – Raw Story. #Resistance Hero Rod Rosenstein Was Trump’s Leak-Hunter-in-Chief. Trump Expected To Name Herman Cain To Fed Board. White House says Secret Service director will be 'leaving shortly' U.S.
Secret Service Director Randolph Alles is leaving the administration, the White House said Monday, amounting to President Donald Trump's second shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security in as many days. In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised the "great job" Alles had done since he was tapped for the post in 2017 and said that Trump "is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country. " Story Continued Below "Mr. Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Alles’ departure comes less than 24 hours after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned and a little more than a week after a Chinese national was arrested for trespassing at the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort. Speaking to reporters just days after news of the breach broke, Trump lavished praise on the Secret Service. “I would say I could not be happier with Secret Service,” he said last Wednesday. Eliana Johnson contributed to this report.
Red flags: Whistleblower tells Congress dozens of national security clearance denials were reversed. Donald Trump clearly came into office unprepared for the job, and he has surrounded himself with people who are equally unqualified and, perhaps even more dangerously, equally compromised.
We know Donald Trump overruled White House security personnel, career national security experts who work in a nonpartisan manner to keep the nation safe, to grant top-secret security clearances to family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; but now we know he went much further to abuse his powers and extend security clearances to more than two dozen people who’d failed to pass the relevant national security requirements. Veteran White House security adviser turned whistleblower Tricia Newbold is detailing the highly unusual process Donald Trump has used to clear “dozens” of people in his administration. After serving as a White House security adviser for 18 years, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, she’s taking her concerns directly to Congress. Black congresswoman visibly annoyed as Betsy DeVos struggles to answer basic civil rights questions. Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others: sources.
The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.
The move shows how Mick Mulvaney, named interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by U.S. President Donald Trump, is putting his mark on an agency conceived to stamp out abusive lending. The payday loan cases are among about a dozen that Richard Cordray, the former agency chief, approved for litigation before he resigned in November. Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off rights to our public lands.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants the world to know when he’s in the building.
And so now, at Zinke’s behest, the department’s Washington headquarters flies a secretarial flag when Zinke arrives for the day and lowers it when he leaves. Flag raising, a Navy tradition, isn’t something that’s done for other Cabinet officials, and it isn’t Zinke’s only flamboyance. The former Navy SEAL minted his own challenge coin, rode a horse to his first day of work, and displayed his knife collection in his office before security asked him to remove it. But these stunts are mere distractions from Zinke’s real influence as interior secretary.
Since he was sworn in on March 1, 2017, to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, he’s made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America’s wilderness and its environment. Carl Icahn, former Trump adviser, recently dumped millions in steel-related stocks. Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn.
(Brendan McDermid/Reuters) President Trump’s decision Thursday to impose crippling tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum took many by surprise — particularly investors, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the day’s trading down more than 400 points, or 1.7 percent, at 24,608. But one billionaire investor and former Trump adviser, Carl Icahn, was seemingly unvexed, having dumped a million shares tied to the steel industry a week before the president announced 25 percent tariffs for foreign-made steel.
A Feb. 22 SEC filing shows Icahn sold off his $31.3 million stake in the Manitowoc Company, which is a leading global manufacturer of cranes for heavy construction based in Manitowoc, Wis., according to the company’s website. Trump Administration Plans to Eliminate USGSâs Biological Survey Unit. National Museum of Natural HistoryWIKIMEDIA, AMANDA Following the budget deal made in the US government earlier this month, lawmakers are preparing to approve new agency funding priorities—for the first time since President Donald Trump took office—next month.
Once formal appropriations bills are passed, the US Geological Survey (USGS) will be able to move forward with plans to shutter its Biological Survey Unit (BSU), The Washington Post reports. The BSU, which is located at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, was established in 1885 to document and study plant and animal populations in the U.S. According to The Post, the office has an annual budget of about $1.6 million and six researchers who care for a collection of around a million bird, reptile, and mammal specimens. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow details all the bizarre Trump hires brought on through nepotism. An overlooked line in Trump's State of the Union address could dramatically expand the power of the executive branch if implemented. Kellyanne Conway trying to fight opioids by sidelining experts and focusing on Trump’s border wall. Chris Wallace To DHS Secretary On Trump's 'S***hole' Comment: To Say 'I Don't Recall' Seems 'Implausible'
Who Changed Trump's Mind About Leaving Marijuana Up To The States? The Interior Department clamps down on science, only projects that fit Trump's 'priorities' allowed. Trump's Netherlands ambassador Peter Hoekstra grilled by Dutch press over Islam comments. Somehow, Scott Pruitt's EPA Continues to Amaze Even the Most Cynical Among Us. (Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)
The Ten Worst Things Scott Pruitt’s EPA Has Already Done. CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity. The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said.
In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered. Taibbi on New Student Loan Debacle and Trump's Campaign Con. Last October, just about a week after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood "pussy" tape, Donald Trump gave a surprising speech in Columbus, Ohio. While the entire Republican Party was running sideways away from his cratering campaign, Trump was scrambling to find a way back in the race. One of his strategies – and I remember watching this on the trail – was to tack back to the populist themes he'd used to great effect in the Republican primaries. In Columbus, with Hillary Clinton running away with the election, Trump unveiled what even The Washington Post described as a "pretty radical student debt plan. " The basic idea was income-based repayment capped at 12.5 percent, then total loan forgiveness after 15 years of payments. Taibbi: Trump Makes a Joke of Financial Reform. Earlier this year, when researching a story on Donald Trump's executive appointments, I talked to current and former Hill staffers about Mick Mulvaney.
The humorless debt truther from South Carolina was the man His Orangeness wanted to put in charge of the Office of Management and Budget, and the mention of Mulvaney's name generated a lot of adjectives. "Dumb even by congressional standards," was one description. Psmag. Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage.
Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) say that the government and its partners are only providing 200,000 meals a day to meet the needs of more than 2 million people. That is a daily shortfall of between 1.8m and 5.8m meals. “We are 1.8 million meals short,” said one senior Fema official. Trump Weakens Requirement That Work-Based Health Policies Cover Birth Control. Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., argued for upholding the Affordable Care Act's birth control provision in 2015. Here Are the Financial Disclosures of 349 Officials Trump Has Installed Across the Government. The White House senior staff is sworn in at the White House on January 22, 2017 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) By Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw, Annie Waldman and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica, June 5, 2017 Updated June 7, 2017 ProPublica has been collecting disclosure forms that lay out Trump administration officials’ financial holdings and employment backgrounds.
We now have disclosures from 349 officials and we’re sharing them with you. FEMA removes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website.