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Breaking News: President Trump announced that the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, was withdrawing as the nominee for the permanent Pentagon post
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US Army Sec. Mark Esper will now serve as acting US Defense secretary, President Trump says.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investig ... 97874d9db8
In the months that he has served as President Trump’s acting secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan has worked to keep domestic violence incidents within his family private. His wife was arrested after punching him in the face, and his son was arrested after a separate incident in which he hit his mother with a baseball bat. Public disclosure of the nearly decade-old episodes would re-traumatize his young adult children, Shanahan said.

On Tuesday, Trump announced in a tweet that Shanahan would not be going through with the nomination process, which had been delayed by an unusually lengthy FBI background check, “so that he can devote more time to his family.”

Shanahan spoke publicly about the incidents in interviews with The Washington Post on Monday and Tuesday.

“Bad things can happen to good families . . . and this is a tragedy, really,” Shanahan said. Dredging up the episode publicly, he said, “will ruin my son’s life.”
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Consumer Product Safety Commission's acting chairwoman plans to step down

The head of the nation’s product safety regulator says she’s stepping down when her term ends in October, a surprise announcement that follows criticism for how the agency handled a recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and its decision to not force a recall of a jogging stroller.

Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, made the announcement in an email sent earlier today to staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email.

Buerkle has served as the commission’s acting chairwoman since early 2017, after President Trump won the White House, giving her day-to-day control over an agency that is responsible for regulating safety in about 15,000 consumer products. She has been one of five agency commissioners since 2013.

Buerkle’s decision comes as she was waiting for Senate confirmation of her renomination by Trump to continue in her role at the CPSC for another seven years. She said in an email to agency staff that she had notified the White House that she is withdrawing her pending nomination and plans to step down as acting chairwoman on Sept. 30 and depart entirely on Oct. 27.

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This is not a done deal.... yet.
Katharine Gorka to be named CBP press secretary

Katharine Gorka is reportedly slated to be named the new press secretary at Customs and Border Protection.

CNN reports acting CBP commissioner John Sanders said Gorka, a political appointee at the Department of Homeland Security and wife of former deputy to the president Sebastian Gorka, is expected to take the position.

A DHS spokesperson said, “Katie has been a valuable member of the DHS team, helping to advance the Department’s mission of preventing targeted violence and countering terrorism, regardless of ideology. We look forward to her continued service with the Department in her new position at CBP as we work to secure the border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws."

CNN notes that in the role, Gorka will be the public face of the agency that President Trump often brings into attention with his focus on his immigration policy and self-deemed border crisis.

Gorka and her husband have written for the right-wing website Breitbart, where she's been at the center of controversial statements about immigration and about Islam.

The pair have been seen as major drivers of the president's focus on Islamic terrorism. Sebastian Gorka has repeatedly argued that the Muslim faith is at the heart of the jihadist threat.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:08 pm

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Top Russia expert leaving Trump's National Security Council

Washington (CNN)Fiona Hill, the top official on Russian affairs at the National Security Council, will depart the Trump administration this summer, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Hill, a former Brookings scholar and skeptic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, oversaw rocky Washington-Moscow ties over the past two and a half years. She's expected to remain in her current post at least through Trump's expected meeting with Putin at next week's G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

She'll be replaced by Tim Morrison, an arms control specialist who currently serves as the top non-proliferation official at the NSC.

Morrison joined the administration last August and is widely considered a hardliner on nuclear policy -- his area of expertise. His hawkish views seem to align with those of White House national security adviser John Bolton who has worked toward transforming the NSC into an entity that is hyper-focused on executing the President's agenda by bringing in more political appointees and reducing the number of career officials on his staff.

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Post by Chilidog » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:42 am

I'm waiting for Trump to nominate Jon Voight for Secretary of Defense

Because "He played the SecDef in that robot move with the hot chick!"

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Post by Orlylicious » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:25 pm

Oh boy, 100 vetting documents from the transition leaked to Axios. This is where the train first jumped the tracks. Haven't had time to read through them but here's some of the Axios story:
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Exclusive: Leaked Trump vetting docs
Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to "Axios on HBO" identify a host of "red flags" about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government.

Why it matters: The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government.

Some highlights:

Scott Pruitt, who ultimately lost his job as EPA Administrator because of serial ethical abuses and clubbiness with lobbyists, had a section in his vetting form titled "allegations of coziness with big energy companies."
Tom Price, who ultimately resigned as Health and Human Services Secretary after Trump lost confidence in him in part for stories about his use of chartered flights, had sections in his dossier flagging "criticisms of management ability" and "Dysfunction And Division Has Haunted Price's Leadership Of The House Budget Committee."
Mick Mulvaney, who became Trump's Budget Director and is now his acting chief of staff, has a striking assortment of "red flags," including his assessment that Trump "is not a very good person."
The Trump transition team was so worried about Rudy Giuliani, in line for Secretary of State, that they created a separate 25-page document titled "Rudy Giuliani Business Ties Research Dossier" with copious accounting of his "foreign entanglements."
One red flag for Gen. David Petraeus, who was under consideration for Secretary of State and National Security Adviser: "Petraeus Is Opposed to Torture."
Behind the scenes: In the chaotic weeks after Trump's surprise election victory, Trump fired Chris Christie as the head of his transition. The team that took over — which V.P. Mike Pence helmed — outsourced the political vetting of would-be top officials to the Republican National Committee.

We obtained the political vetting forms that Trump and his senior aides were given for Ben Carson, Dan Coats, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Elaine Chao, John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry, Robert Lighthizer, Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt, and many others.
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The RNC researchers identified some striking "Red Flags."

The first red flag for Rex Tillerson, who became Trump’s first Secretary of State, was about Russia. "Tillerson's Russia ties go deep," it read.
One red flag for Fox News host Laura Ingraham, considered for White House press secretary: "Ingraham said people should wear diapers instead of sharing bathrooms with transgender people."
One heading in the document about Kris Kobach, in the running for Homeland Security Secretary, listed "white supremacy" as a vulnerability. It cited accusations from past political opponents that he had ties to white supremacist groups.
Vetters had unique concerns about Gary Cohn. "Some Say Cohn Has An Abrasive, Curt, And Intimidating Style," they wrote, citing a Bloomberg piece. "He Would Sometimes Hike Up One Leg And Plant His Foot On A Trader's Desk, His Thigh Close To The Employee's Face, And Ask How Markets Were Doing."
Some of the contenders were strikingly swampy — even by the RNC vetters' standards.
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Post by Kendra » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:27 pm

:?: :think: :confused:

I know I'm slow at times, but I don't see a link to the actual documents? I've looked several times in the article, so if someone would kindly point me to them, I'd be ever so grateful :bighug:

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Post by pipistrelle » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:35 pm

For the current RNC, aren’t those features, not bugs?

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:48 pm

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Acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigns

WASHINGTON -- The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he's stepping down amid outrage over his agency's treatment of detained migrant children.

John Sanders said in a message to CBP employees Tuesday that he would resign on July 5.

CBP is the agency that apprehends and first detains migrant parents and children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawyers who visited CBP facilities last week described squalid conditions: inadequate food, lack of medical care, and children trying to care for toddlers.

Six children have died since late last year after being detained by CBP.

Sanders pushed Congress to pass $4.5 billion in humanitarian funding. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Sanders talked about how the deaths "impacted him profoundly."

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Trump official in charge of diplomatic protocol to resign ahead of Japan trip: report

The State Department's chief of protocol is expected to resign over allegations of discrimination and harassment, and has been replaced just days ahead of President Trump's trip to Japan for a summit of G-20 leaders.

NBC News reported Tuesday that Ambassador Sean Lawler informed colleagues that he would resign following Trump's return from the G-20 summit, and has been replaced at his position by assistant chief of protocol Mary-Kate Fisher, who will attend the Japan trip in his stead.

The State Department declined to comment to NBC News on Lawler's planned resignation or replacement. Lawler was initially appointed to the position in September of 2017 by the president, and saw a smooth confirmation through the Senate a month later.

Two U.S. officials told NBC News that Lawler was under investigation for improper behavior at the agency, declining to elaborate on the allegations but telling the news outlet that multiple employees had resigned in protest as a result of his actions.

Lawler's position is in charge of ensuring diplomatic etiquette is followed during domestic and foreign meetings between U.S. officials and their foreign counterparts. The shift in personnel so close to the G-20 summit, where Trump is expected to meet with China's Xi Jinping and possibly Russia's Vladimir Putin, could complicate those efforts.
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WaPo - Dana Milbank
Trump demands subservience and gets incompetence ...

The common thread to the mayhem and bungling is Trump’s insistence on staffing his government with officials serving in temporary, “acting” roles at the pleasure of the president and without the stature or protection of Senate confirmation. This allows Trump to demand absolute subservience from appointees. Because he can replace them at will, they don’t contradict him. But this tentative status also means they lack authority within their agencies and the stature to stand up to Trump when he’s wrong.

It’s no mere coincidence that the border debacle is the work of Trump’s Homeland Security Department, where every major border- and immigration-related agency is led by an “acting” official. Trump’s acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, John Sanders, just resigned after only two months on the job. The Post’s Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey report that he will be replaced by the current acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mark Morgan (who got the job after praising Trump’s policies on Fox News). Morgan, in turn, has only been on the job for a couple of months since Trump fired yet another acting director of ICE. Trump had also ousted his DHS secretary and his head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and he has tabbed an “immigration czar” who has not yet accepted the job.

It’s no mere coincidence, either, that the Iran debacle is occurring at a time when the Pentagon has been leaderless since Jim Mattis resigned as defense secretary in December. Patrick Shanahan had been the longest-serving “acting” defense secretary in history until last week, when Trump named another acting secretary, Mark Esper. Both men were reportedly with Trump when he ordered the Iran attack, which he later canceled after learning about possible casualties. It’s hard to imagine Trump ordering up a military attack on Mattis’s watch without first getting a casualty estimate.

And it’s no mere coincidence that the man at the fulcrum of chaotic White House decision-making, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, also serves in “acting” status. Politico’s Nancy Cook reports that Trump is tiring of Mulvaney (he had the nerve to cough during a Trump TV interview), though he might not yet replace him with a fourth chief of staff, because he likes Mulvaney’s “hands-off approach” to Trump’s “whims and decision-making style.” If he weren’t “hands-off,” he’d be fired.

Trump is unabashed in his preference for this “Apprentice”-style, “you’re fired” leadership. It’s a theme of a new book about Trump’s Cabinet, “The Best People,” by Yahoo News national correspondent Alexander Nazaryan. Of his fondness for acting officials, Trump told Nazaryan: “It gives me a lot of leeway. It gives me great flexibility. I do like it. It’s such a big deal to get people approved nowadays. . . . We have actings, and we’re seeing how we like them.”

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deserves some highlighting:
Addie wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:30 am
WaPo - Dana Milbank
Trump demands subservience and gets incompetence ...

The common thread to the mayhem and bungling is Trump’s insistence on staffing his government with officials serving in temporary, “acting” roles at the pleasure of the president and without the stature or protection of Senate confirmation. This allows Trump to demand absolute subservience from appointees. Because he can replace them at will, they don’t contradict him. But this tentative status also means they lack authority within their agencies and the stature to stand up to Trump when he’s wrong.

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Trump is unabashed in his preference for this “Apprentice”-style, “you’re fired” leadership. It’s a theme of a new book about Trump’s Cabinet, “The Best People,” by Yahoo News national correspondent Alexander Nazaryan. Of his fondness for acting officials, Trump told Nazaryan: “It gives me a lot of leeway. It gives me great flexibility. I do like it. It’s such a big deal to get people approved nowadays. . . . We have actings, and we’re seeing how we like them.”

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John Kelly joins board of company operating largest shelter for unaccompanied migrant children

In April, protesters outside the nation's largest facility for unaccompanied migrant children noticed a familiar face enter the massive, fenced site in Homestead, Florida: former White House chief of staff John Kelly. Soon after, a local television station recorded footage of him riding on the back of a golf cart as he toured the grounds.

It wasn't clear why he was there, but Friday, Caliburn International confirmed to CBS News that Kelly had joined its board of directors. Caliburn is the parent company of Comprehensive Health Services, which operates Homestead and three other shelters for unaccompanied migrant children in Texas.

Prior to joining the Trump administration in January 2017, Kelly had been on the board of advisors of DC Capital Partners, an investment firm that now owns Caliburn.

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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:13 pm

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Pentagon facing possibility of third acting defense secretary in less than a month

(CNN) With military tensions rising in the Middle East, more than a dozen of the most senior roles at the Pentagon lack permanent appointees and President Donald Trump is likely to be forced to name, at least temporarily, a third acting defense secretary in the coming weeks.

The Department of Defense is struggling to establish an unprecedented transition plan aimed at ensuring continuity of leadership at the highest levels while there is still no confirmed secretary of defense.

It is now increasingly likely Navy Secretary Richard Spencer will be named acting defense secretary for a brief period when Mark Esper, who is currently in the acting position following the dramatic implosion of Patrick Shanahan's nomination, is formally nominated for the permanent role. There are already plans to give Spencer highly classified briefings and secure communications to carry out the job.

The turmoil has only been heightened by the fact more than a dozen of the most senior and critical jobs at the Pentagon are filled by temporary officials.

Right now, there is no secretary of the Air Force, or permanent senior official in charge of issues as crucial as personnel and readiness; international security affairs; special operations and strategy and planning.

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Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:13 pm
CNN
Pentagon facing possibility of third acting defense secretary in less than a month

:snippity:

The turmoil has only been heightened by the fact more than a dozen of the most senior and critical jobs at the Pentagon are filled by temporary officials.

Right now, there is no secretary of the Air Force, or permanent senior official in charge of issues as crucial as personnel and readiness; international security affairs; special operations and strategy and planning.
De minimis. The WH will run the show. Jared has again free capacity after presenting a solution for the Middle East crisis :twisted:

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Post by Kendra » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:44 pm

I am excited to announce that @MercedesSchlapp will soon be joining our Campaign. She feels so strongly about our Country & its future. We are setting records in so many ways, & we will keep it going. Mercedes has done a fantastic job within the Administration & I am so thankful!

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Trump Announces Two Potential Federal Reserve Board Nominations
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Published 07.02.19 8:22PM ET

President Trump unveiled the names of two new people he intends to nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, after his two recent potential nominees, Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, both withdrew. On Tuesday, Trump announced on Tuesday that he plans to nominate Christopher Waller, executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Judy Shelton, the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development’s U.S. executive director. Waller was previously a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame. The president noted that Shelton was on the the board of directors for Hilton Hotels was a founding member of the board at Empower America.



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https://www.citizensforethics.org/nauer ... epartment/
Heather Nauert, a former State Department spokesperson and President Trump’s original pick to replace Nikki Haley as the United States Representative to the United Nations, reported in her termination financial disclosure report that she received salary payments from 21st Century Fox while she was working in government.

Nauert was an anchor and correspondent on Fox News from August 2007 until April 2017, when she joined the State Department as a spokesperson. She reported receiving $167,000 from 21st Century Fox, which she characterized as “Salary,” in Part 2 of her termination report. Part 2 covered the period from January 1, 2018, eight months after she entered government, to March 31, 2019, the date she left the State Department.

If Nauert’s termination financial disclosure report is correct, the salary payments are problematic because the White House gave her an ethics waiver that authorized her to meet, interview, and communicate with 21st Century Fox employees. The Counsel to the President explained that the basis for the waiver included a finding that she did not have a “continuing relationship with” or “financial interest in” the company. The State Department’s ethics official gave Nauert a related ethics waiver, and he offered the same explanation.

Nauert’s receipt of salary from the media giant would, however, have constituted a continuing financial relationship with and “financial interest in” the company. Her disclosure as it currently reads suggests that she was representing the government in meetings with 21st Century Fox while continuing to receive a salary from the company.
Sounds swampy.

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Sounds swampy.
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Politico: Can you guess who the highest-paid West Wing staffer is?:
The $239,595 salary is roughly $56,000 more than the top echelon of White House staff.

The highest paid staffer in the Trump White House isn’t the president’s lead attorney, national security adviser, top economic official or even the newest press secretary.

Instead it’s one of acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s closest aides and his de facto spokesman inside the West Wing, whose official title is senior adviser to the chief of staff for strategy and stakeholder engagement.

John Czwartacki, who goes by the nickname “CZ,” earns $239,595 annually. That’s roughly $36,000 more than his boss, Mulvaney, and roughly $56,000 more than the top echelon of White House staff whose pay is capped at $183,000 per year, according to the latest release of White House staff salaries.

Czwartacki earns so much more than other West Wing aides because he is on detail from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. CFPB’s most senior staffers can earn anywhere from $181,000 to $259,500. The pay scale at that agency and other federal regulators is higher because the federal government assumes it must pay more competitive salaries to attract talent with specific skills and not lose potential aides and regulators to Wall Street.
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Trump’s newest ‘central casting’ general
'He’s loud, he’s bombastic, he’s salt of the earth.' And now Mark Milley is preparing for confirmation to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

By DAVID BROWN, DANIEL LIPPMAN and WESLEY MORGAN 07/10/2019 05:06 AM EDT

Army Gen. Mark Milley headed to the White House in November to be interviewed for the top military job in Europe.

He emerged from the meeting with an even loftier prize: President Donald Trump asked Milley whether he wanted to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley’s steeper-than-expected promotion came despite the fact that then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was grooming the Air Force’s chief of staff, Gen. Dave Goldfein, for the Joint Chiefs post. But Milley had champions in the president’s inner circle, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump campaign alumnus David Urban, who thought Milley’s personality would jell with Trump’s, according to four sources with knowledge of the meeting.

In the end, “POTUS was prepped to ask the question, ‘Why not chairman?’” said one defense official who, like the others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations.

Milley faces his next crucial job interview Thursday, when the Senate Armed Services Committee holds his confirmation hearing. But the November episode demonstrated many of the traits that Milley would bring to the job: sky-high ambition, an ability to take over the room and a willingness to use his Trumpworld connections to get what he wants.


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WSJ (Paywall)
State Department Analyst Resigns After White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony

Rod Schoonover was prohibited from including evidence and data supporting his assessments in testimony to House committee


WASHINGTON—A State Department intelligence analyst has resigned in protest after the White House blocked portions of his written testimony to a congressional panel to exclude data and evidence on climate change and its threat to national security, State Department officials said.

The analyst, Rod Schoonover, prepared a written report citing peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and intelligence reports which conclude that climate change could have wide-ranging national security impacts by contributing to increased humanitarian...

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