President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is rich with lobbyists and includes a climate change-denier and an ex-federal prosecutor involved in the mass firings of U.S. attorneys.
DRAINING THE SWAMP
Trump might has said that he wants to “drain the swamp” of the establishment in Washington but if his supporters believed this – they just got conned again! Going back to people who were in office during Bush or Reagan is not “draining the swamp” not are people who are lobbyist.
LOBBYIST and WASHINGTON INSIDERS
Some of the individuals listed in an organizational chart of Trump’s top transition personnel, obtained by The Associated Press:
DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg has been working closely with Trump adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, advising the Trump campaign on matters relating to foreign policy and national security. He has been in the “swamp” since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. So, this is more of the same.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has been named to the executive committee of Trump’s transition committee. He has been in Congress for 12 years – so no draining the swamp here.
Retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess served in the Army for 38 years. He spent most of his tenure working in top military intelligence and security assignments. He was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009 until July 2012. No draining of the swamp here.
Mira Ricardel has served as acting assistant secretary of defense for international security policy during the George W. Bush administration from 2003 to 2005. She is a major player in the DEFENSE INDUSTRY. No draining the swamp here.
Retired Brig. Gen. Michael Meese is among the individuals leading the transition for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2005, he served as executive director of the secretary of the Army’s transition team. He is also a former chief operating officer for the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. He has been inside of the VA for years and still the VA doesn’t work well for our troops returning from war.
Mike Rogers is taking the lead on crafting Trump’s national security team. The former Michigan congressman chaired the House intelligence committee. He has been receiving criticism for his committee’s 2014 report on Benghazi. The Republican lawmaker’s work was assailed as incomplete, and it differed dramatically from what Rep. Trey Gowdy’s select committee produced in summer 2016. This man is knee deep in the swamp.
Jim Carafano is the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies and is tasked with transforming the State Department. He has been advising Trump on terrorism and border security. This is going back to GOP old establishment so there is nothing new here.
David R. Malpass is the founder and president of Encima Global LLC, an economic research and consulting firm based in New York City. He served as deputy assistant treasury secretary under President Ronald Reagan and deputy assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush. This is just more of the same – the old GOP.
Bill Walton is a senior fellow of the Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality at the Discovery Institute and vice president of the Council for National Policy. He is also chairman of Rush River Entertainment, which focuses on producing feature films.
Kevin O’Connor served as U.S. attorney in Connecticut from 2002 to 2008, overseeing the office that secured a corruption guilty plea from ex-Gov. John Rowland. He served briefly as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a George W. Bush appointee who resigned from the Justice Department in 2007 amid a scandal over the firing of U.S. attorneys. Hello……more of the same!
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Myron Ebell is the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sometimes called a climate “denier-in-chief,” he has long had ties to the fossil fuel industry.
So much for the Paris Accord which most of the countries of the world have already ratified. We are the only country in the developed world that has a leader who does not believe in climate change. Trump believes CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX developed by China.
- Steven Hart is a former Justice Department special assistant in charge of processing federal judicial nominations under President Ronald Reagan. He is the chairman of Williams & Jensen, a tax and business lobby group in Washington and named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by Washingtonian magazine and The Hill newspaper. LOBBYIST – this is not draining the swamp!
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Andrew Bremberg is a policy adviser and a member of the counsel on nominations for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Certainly – no draining the swamp with this one.
Shirley Ybarra previously served as Virginia’s transportation secretary from 1998 to 2002, and was a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Transportation under the George H.W. Bush administration. She is best known for her advocacy of “PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS”. This is another one who was in the swamp, and is still going to be there.
Ray Washburne is a longtime Republican fundraiser and former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee. Washburne was the finance chief for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. Still, another in the swamp!
INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL REGULATORY AGENCIES
Paul Atkins is an avowed OPPONENT OF REGULATING Wall Street and served as Securities and Exchange commissioner from 2002 and 2008. No Regulating Wall Street – this man in knee deep in the swamp.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Michael Korbey was a senior adviser to the Social Security Administration under the tenure of President George W. Bush. He helped spearhead a public campaign to rally support behind PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY. Before that, he worked for the LOBBYIST group United Seniors Association. Tell me something Trump supporters – do you want your Social Security privatized? And this gentleman is a lobbyist part of the swamp!
Williamson (Bill) Evers was an adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in 2007 under President George W. Bush. This is a department that will see dramatic cuts with many wanting to abolish this department.
Michael Torrey is a top Washington agriculture LOBBYIST and founder of Michael Torrey Associates. Just another lobbyist – is anyone getting the point here?
Trump ran on draining the swamp of lobbyists, career and corrupt long time Washington insiders – to bring in the brightest and best. There is not one “brightest and best” person listed here – so Trump supporter – what do you think now?