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Kellyanne Conway and former deputy AG Rod Rosenstein are having lunch at BLT Steak.

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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:09 am

The Hill
Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week

The chief liaison between President Trump’s White House and federal government agencies will leave his post next week after more than two years on the job, depriving Trump of one of his last remaining senior staff members from the start of his presidency.

William McGinley, who has served as White House Cabinet secretary since Trump’s inauguration, has told friends he will return to the private sector, though a source close to McGinley says he has not had in-depth conversations with potential employers.

McGinley, a longtime Republican election law expert who served as the top lawyer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joined Trump's campaign in the summer of 2016 as the then-candidate prepared for what might have been a contested convention. McGinley helped quash challenges to party rules that would have hurt Trump's bid to win the Republican nomination.

He largely avoided the feuds and fights that have consumed so many other administration officials, which allowed him to survive in a White House marked by high levels of staff turnover.

Out of the top dozen White House staff positions tracked by the Brookings Institution, McGinley is the last to leave his post.

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The Hill: Acosta out as Trump Labor secretary

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Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid pressure from Jeffrey Epstein sex traffic case

Kevin Breuninger Valerie Block

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta says he will resign amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago when Acosta was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.
The issue resurfaces when the politically connected Epstein, whose friends have included President Trump and former President Bill Clinton, is arrested on sex trafficking charges on July 6.
Leading Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have demanded that Acosta quit.


President Trump: I told Acosta he did not have to resign

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said Friday he will resign amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago when he was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Acosta made the announcement to reporters while standing next to President Donald Trump outside the White House. Trump said Acosta had called him Friday morning and that it was Acosta’s decision to quit.

“This was him, not me, because I’m with him,” Trump said in a lengthy exchange with the press before departing the White House en route to events in Wisconsin and Ohio. “I said, ‘You don’t have to do this.’”



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Axios
Trump tells confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats

The state of play: Trump hasn't told our sources when he plans to make a move, but they say his discussions on the topic have been occurring for months — often unprompted — and the president has mentioned potential replacements since at least February. A source who spoke to Trump about Coats a week ago said the president gave them the impression that the move would happen "sooner rather than later."

The director of national intelligence serves as an overseer of the U.S. intelligence community and a close adviser to the president and National Security Council, producing each day's top-secret Presidential Daily Brief.

A source with direct knowledge told me that Trump has privately said he thinks the Office of the Director of National Intelligence represents an unnecessary bureaucratic layer and that he would like to get rid of it. He has been told that eliminating the ODNI is not politically possible, but still would like to "downsize" the office, the source said.

A government source who has discussed the matter with Trump characterized the president's thinking this way: "It's time for a change. Dan's a great guy but the president doesn’t listen to him anymore."

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Addie wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:00 pm
Axios
Trump tells confidants he's eager to remove Dan Coats
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A government source who has discussed the matter with Trump characterized the president's thinking this way: "It's time for a change. Dan's a great guy but the president doesn’t listen to him anymore."
aka Coats is telling dotus the Truth And Nothing But The Unwelcome Truth...... :blackeye:

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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:59 pm

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Harder-Charging Patrick Pizzella Takes Labor Reins From Acosta

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s exit paves the way for longtime GOP government official and management ally Patrick Pizzella to become acting labor secretary.Pizzella, a former lobbying partner of disgraced business lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is seen by associates on Capitol Hill as a harder-charging advocate for industry interests and someone who is more inclined than the cautious Acosta to rapidly reverse Obama-era policies that favored certain workers and unions.

“I think we will see a quicker pace of change, and I am more confident that the Wage and Hour Division will complete its work on the overtime exemption, regular rate, and joint employment regulations,” said Tammy McCutchen, a former GOP Wage and Hour chief and current attorney for businesses. She’s referring to a trio of recently issued proposed rules that are a high priority for businesses. The rules would clarify who’s eligible for overtime pay, what types of compensation qualify for overtime time-and-a-half wages, and would narrow corporations’ shared liability with affiliated businesses for pay violations.

Acosta, a veteran government lawyer who faced criticism for stalling business-favored policies by diving into the weeds on the department’s legal matters, now passes the baton to Pizzella to lead a sprawling agency with a $12 billion budget. The Labor Department is responsible for overseeing job training programs, auditing labor union finances, enforcing worker pay and safety laws, and combating forced labor. Pizzella was a senior DOL official for nearly all eight years of the George W. Bush presidency.

Pizzella arrives at a critical juncture for the Labor Department, which is trying to finalize a number of regulatory initiatives before the end of President Trump’s first term. The Trump administration and business community lobbyists want those agenda items finished by early next year, so that they’re harder to undo if a Democrat unseats Trump in 2020.

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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:18 am

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Nasa chief fired as Trump administration vents frustration over moon landing delays

The sudden removal of Nasa’s head of human exploration William Gerstenmaier on Wednesday is a clear sign the White House is increasingly frustrated with the agency’s efforts to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024.

Donald Trump‘s administration is laser-focused on that date, which would come during a second term of his presidency, should he be re-elected.

But despite the mandate, Nasa has continued to struggle with delays and cost overruns that have threatened the programme.

And the ousting of one of the longest-serving stalwarts in the agency shows how far the White House and Nasa’s politically appointed leadership are willing to go towards disrupting Nasa and attempting to break through the bureaucracy many think has stilted its exploration efforts for years.

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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:12 pm

Associated Press
Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time.

Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. That’s the longest such stretch in Pentagon history.

There is also no confirmed deputy defense secretary, and other significant senior civilian and military Pentagon positions are in limbo, more than at any recent time.

The causes are varied, but this leadership vacuum has nonetheless begun to make members of Congress and others uneasy, creating a sense that something is amiss in a critical arm of the government at a time of global uncertainty.

William Cohen, a former Republican senator who served as defense secretary during President Bill Clinton’s second term, says U.S. allies — “and even our foes” — expect more stability than this within the U.S. defense establishment.

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Addie wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:18 am
Independent
Nasa chief fired as Trump administration vents frustration over moon landing delays

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Morons under the leadership of a commander-in-moron :brickwallsmall: When the WH orders a man / woman on the moon that does not happen over night. It's a totally new task for NASA. They first need to find the bright brains that are willing to sit in a steering committee. Not many will think this project is viable under this administration and will not be willing to change a job for such a challenge. Then such brains are already in high demand elsewhere and it will take at least a year to get them free from their current positions. Then the steering committee has to devise the coarse plans for the NASA engineers to start the work. While NASA as an organization can call upon resources, those are too bound into current projects. One will not want to use all newbies to run a fresh man-to-the-moon challenge. Replacements need to get trained for the existing jobs. With a first project team in place the engineers can start to develop the flight plan and required modules. Do't forget that the US has stopped it's Space Shuttle programs and the Space Station construction programs. The industry does not have any factories or specially trained workers in place, they will start from Point Zero once they get contracts. All this new hardware will need to be thoroughly tested prior to letting astronauts on board. I predict several unmanned rendevous with the moon orbit until ready for the real event. The date of 2024 is unrealistic. onstruction of hardware will imho start the best 2022, construction time like three years and the tests will take at least another three years. PS. did Congress already grant the $$$ billions required?

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 am

NBC News
Trump weighs ousting Commerce chief Wilbur Ross after census defeat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has told aides and allies that he is considering removing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after a stinging Supreme Court defeat on adding a citizenship question to the census, according to multiple people familiar with the conversations.

While Trump has previously expressed frustration with the 81-year-old Ross, in particular over failed trade negotiations, Ross's long personal relationship with the president has allowed him to keep his job. And after the departure of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, the Cabinet’s only Hispanic who resigned on Friday amid questions about his role in a controversial 2008 plea agreement with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Ross may yet receive another reprieve.

But some White House officials expect Ross to be the next Cabinet secretary to depart, possibly as soon as this summer, according to advisers and officials.

Frustrated by Ross' leadership of the Census Bureau, which is within the Commerce Department, Trump has been making calls to allies outside the White House musing about replacing Ross.

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More actors to get on the waiting list for Acting posts... :blackeye:

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:40 pm

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Esper Nomination Triggers Another Leadership Switch-Up at Pentagon

15 Jul 2019
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk

As of Monday afternoon, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is officially the Pentagon's acting defense secretary, and the Trump administration's fourth SecDef in just seven months' time.

The Senate received the White House's formal nomination for the previous acting defense secretary, Mark Esper, to become the next defense secretary on Monday, according to Pentagon officials.

"At 3:04 p.m., the Senate received the president's formal nomination of Dr. Mark T. Esper to be secretary of defense. At that time, Dr. Esper ceased to serve as acting secretary of defense and is solely serving as secretary of the Army," said Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, in a statement.

"As a result, as prescribed in Executive Order 13533, 'Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Defense,' March 1, 2010, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer became acting secretary of defense," Hoffman said "As such, Secretary Spencer has the full authority and responsibility of the secretary of defense. The senior team supporting the Office of the Secretary remains in place to ensure institutional continuity."


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Former Fox News Contributor Monica Crowley Tapped to Be Assistant Treasury Secretary

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intention to appoint former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley as Assistant Treasury Secretary of Public Affairs.

Crowley currently serves as senior adviser for public affairs to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The White House statement announcing her appointment also hails her previous work in media for outlets such as Fox News, which she left in 2016. She also worked for Fox Business, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC and PBS.

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Former Fox News Contributor Monica Crowley Tapped to Be Assistant Treasury Secretary
N.Y. Daily News (in 2016):
Crowley, 48, gained notoriety for feeding into Trump's debunked "birther" conspiracy, which falsely suggested that President Obama was not eligible to become President because he's supposedly a Kenyan immigrant with a fabricated U.S. birth certificate.

She once claimed that concerns over Obama's birthplace are in nature "legitimate" because the President's "un-American" policies signal he is "not one of us."

During Obama's first presidential campaign in 2008, Crowley even questioned the fact that he is African-American, purporting he's actually "Arab African."
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:o :cantlook: :doh:

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Post by bob » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:54 pm

Assistant Treasury Secretary of Public Affairs is not a Senate-confirmed position, so there's be no hearings to grill her about her past statements.
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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:39 am

Mother Jones - Patrick Caldwell
Trump Nominates Antonin Scalia’s Son as Labor Secretary

Gene Scalia has a track record of going to court on behalf of Wall Street.


On Thursday evening, Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Gene Scalia, the son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a prominent conservative lawyer in his own right, to serve as labor secretary. ...

If confirmed by the US Senate, Scalia will replace Alex Acosta, who stepped down following outrage of a plea deal he oversaw in Jeffery Epstein’s case in 2007. But Scalia may face an uphill battle in the confirmation hearings. George W. Bush nominated Scalia to serve as the Labor Department’s top lawyer, but Democrats blocked his confirmation—then-North Carolina Sen. John Edwards objected because Scalia lacked “necessary empathy for workers”—and Scalia was forced to just serve as a temporary recess appointment.

Back in 2014, I profiled Gene Scalia for our magazine, detailing how, following his time in Bush’s White House, he made a name for himself as Wall Street’s go-to lawyer for challenging Dodd-Frank, the 2010 legislation that placed restrictions on the banks following the Great Recession. As I wrote at the time, Scalia successfully used the courts to water-down the law. ...

Scalia did not merely affect the rules he directly challenged. The lawsuits on behalf of Wall Street created concern among federal bureaucrats about future challenges, slowing down implementation of other rules.

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:53 am

Is the Senate really unfriendly with this nomination when it comes down to the votes?

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:17 pm

Politico
‘It’s a disaster over there’: Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction

Under Secretary Wilbur Ross, the department is chaotic and adrift.

Constant infighting among top officials. Sudden departures of senior staffers without explanation. A leader who is disengaged and prone to falling asleep in meetings.

The Commerce Department has reached its apex of dysfunction under Wilbur Ross, according to four people with knowledge of the inner workings of the department. The 81-year-old Commerce secretary, who has for months endured whispers that he is on the outs, spends much of his time at the White House to try to retain President Donald Trump’s favor, the sources said, leaving his department adrift.

He’s hardly the only top Trump official to seek the president’s approval. But department insiders say they’ve rarely seen Commerce so rudderless -- and they say Ross’s penchant for managing upward at the expense of his staff is leading to what one plugged-in observer described as “a disaster over there.”

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:31 pm

I guess this could also pass in the thread on "How old is too old" to be in a leading government post. Apart from having any knowlege about the subjects of the department one is given to lead.

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Post by bob » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:13 pm

Esper confirmed as SECDEF, 90-8.
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